LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

 

the cupcake theater

Because of the size restrictions of the space Audrey II, which usually develops in four stages, was paired down to three. The majority of the materials were found or repurposed from construction materials and furniture salvaged from the streets of East Hollywood. From a design standpoint, a darker approach was taken. Audrey was to be more frightening and grotesque than comical for this gritty, punk rock adaptation of the play.

 

Puppets designed and built by David Peters & Aaron Camacho

 

build photos
Unskinned frame
Unskinned frame

Apex pipe was used to create the form of Audrey II. After the shape was complete, it was wrapped in layers of plastic sheet and prepped for foam attachment.

Pre-skinning
Pre-skinning

Once the "meat" of the puppet was on, more plastic was added for stability and to refine the shape.

Lip construction and base layering
Lip construction and base layering

Expanding foam was used to create bubbly, sore riddled lips.

Lip detail
Lip detail

Paint test on expanding foam.

Pre-assembly
Pre-assembly

During this stage a separate plastic sheet was being painted to later be attached as Audrey II's final skin.

Lip addition and paint treatment
Lip addition and paint treatment

The puppeteer is to sit in a swivel chair, allowing a diverse range of movement for the final iteration of the monster. Plastic sheet was used for the skin, which provided a wrinkled plant-bulb look.

Audrey II: stage 3
Audrey II: stage 3

Teeth were added, final paint touchups completed, and a reinforced hinge was attached to give the puppet full functionality and a truly gruesome appearance.

Audrey II: stage 2
Audrey II: stage 2

The final rendition of the "teenage" stage of Audrey II

production photos
1412571125-Feeding Audrey.jpg
1412571125-Feeding Audrey.jpg