Little Shop of Horrors (2015)

Little Shop of Horrors (2015)

Let's take a look back to one of the first musicals I professionally choreographed, Little Shop of Horrors.

I was looking through old journals, and it turns out that I was choreographing Little Shop of Horrors around this time, eight years ago. Picture it; 20-year-old, bright-eyed, and bushy-tailed Little Lion Man choreographing an entire musical. The year before, I got to work with a high school on Fiddler on the Roof. This was my introduction to the greatness that is Jerome Robbins—reading through the choreo. book for Fiddler on the Roof inspired me. Everything from the spacing, steps, and formations to the set design, movement inspiration, and much more was written out in detail. See, towards the end of high school, and I would stay up writing out the dance steps to shows and numbers I'd create. As always, I was full of ideas; I knew they couldn't stay in my head, and I had no way of recording them, so writing them was the next best option. Translating steps into words is not simple, and I had no idea of validating that I was on the right track. This is until I read through the Fiddler choreography. Everything changed. In the words of the leading player, I was "on the right track."

Written out choreography for Call Back in the Morning (Seymour's track). A number in the second Act of Little Shop of Horrors. 

Coming up with clever ways to remember the choreography, drawing pictures, and incorporating the script and score, all things I was doing prior, were now normal. Not only that, but if I kept it up, I could be like Jerome Robbins.

Me. Like Jerome Robbins.

Anywho, take a look at this strange and unusual Little Shop reel. I enjoyed it, I hope you do too.