Molly Landgrebe (Chiffon) dishes on "Little Shop of Horrors"

Molly Landgrebe as Chiffon in "Little Shop of Horrors"Lyric Arts was able to chat with Molly Landgrebe who plays Chiffon in the upcoming production of "Little Shop of Horrors." Check out what she had to say about the show. LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

ML: I’ve been a theatre-loving ham since just about birth.  My family would take me to plays when I was a child, and they’d be a bit taken aback at my immediate reaction – no words, no outward expression.  Days after the performance, I’d be acting out entire scenes.  I tend to be pretty shy in person but I LOVE becoming someone/something else on stage.  It’s very exciting – kind of like dressing up for Halloween all year round!

LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Little Shop of Horrors can you tell us about the show?

ML: Seymour Krelborn, your basic underachiever with huge dreams, makes it big when his strange and interesting plant draws record-breaking crowds to Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists.  His love interest, Audrey, assures him that yes, she loves him in spite of the fame and success, but Audrey Two – the plant – takes over Seymour’s life in a creepy but fascinating way. 

LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular rock musical interested you?

ML: It’s so creepy, yet hilarious!  The idea of a larger-than-life, man-eating plant is just the best.  Plus the thought of being involved in a horror musical during Halloween, in ANOKA, was just too fabulous to ignore!

LA: Talk about the character that you play in Little Shop of Horrors. How have you developed this character?

ML: I play Chiffon – one of the Doo-Wop girls – we basically “narrate” the story through song, and provide comic bits as well.  To me, Chiffon tolerates her skid row situation with humor and sarcasm.  She’s sassy and street-smart – completely the opposite of me!  But I channel a bit of Linda Richman from Coffee Talk, Judge Judy, and Vito Corleone to create Chiffon – and I’m having a blast doing it!

LA: Little Shop of Horrors the movie is considered by some “a cult classic” for those that have seen the movie why should they come and see the stage version?

ML: That’s easy – it’s live theatre!  There’s nothing like it.  You’re part of the action.  As an actor, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  It’s that “instant gratification” of getting the audience response immediately, rather than waiting for reviews or box office numbers.  

LA: Little Shop of Horrors opens Friday, October 16, and runs through Sunday, November 1.  Tickets available by phone (763-422-1838) or online.