LittleHouse of Horrors
Theplay that I recently watched in school was called LittleHouse of Horrors.The play is a musical comedy about a florist that owns a carnivorousplant. The plant craves human blood for it to grow. He begins feedingthe plant and as it flourishes, the flower business also attractsmore customers. The trend continues until one of the characterskilled a dentist and fed to the plant. The play was hilarious eventhough it was filled with gory scenes that depicted severed limbs andblood stains. I was part of the crew members, and this essay focuseson the production aspects of the play.
Thesetting for the play is in the 1960s. I noted that the scenery’sdesign included structures that portrayed architectural styles ofthat period. Different props were used to show the setting, and theyalso included areas that represented the street. The furniture andthe objects that were found on stage were all aligned with thespecific time. The florist shop was painted with bright colors, andthere were even some plants in the shop to create some authenticityto the surroundings. The props that were used were also very good.There were several models of limbs that were apparently bitten off,and there was the use of fake blood in the gruesome scenes. Theseaspects made me see the play seem more real and horrifying.
Thecostumes were used to represent the characters in their true nature.The most outstanding costume design according to me belonged to theVenus flytrap flower. It comprised of colorful petals that opened upto reveal long and sharp teeth. This strategy showed me that eventhough the flower looked beautiful, it was extremely dangerous. Theother characters such as the orphans wore clothes that depicted theirabject poverty. The evil dentist that was also a ring leader was cladin leather attire that I thought made him look anti society, and howhe did not care about any rules. He also wore a doctor’s uniformwhenever he was at work to portray his profession as a dentist.
Soundswere created by a pianist that used different techniques to influencevarious feelings from the audience. The terrifying moments had creepysounds emanating from the stage. The funny parts had joyful sounds.There was also a band that helped in producing music for the play.The use of the band created some well-deserved breaks for theaudience who took this time to enjoy the songs. Another aspect ofsound that was employed was dramatic pauses that gave me a chance toabsorb the message that was given at a particular scene. Thecharacters also raised or lowered the sound of their voices dependingon the context and the contents of the words that they were speaking.
Lightingwas frequently used to bring life on stage. I saw that the crew thatwas in charge with the settings for the stage lights were constantlyadjusting the brightness, contrast and even color of the light. Manyof the times when the attention of the audience was required at aparticular section of the stage, the lights in the other areas weredimmed, thus, diverting their attention. Every main character thatwas on the stage was clearly seen while those that were lessimportant were in the shadows. I observed that background andforeground lightings were also effectively applied depending on thepart of the stage that needed emphasis.
Irealized that the musical was executed beautifully. Even though itinvolved a lot of costumes and props, the crew and the cast managedto entertain their audience by incorporating all of the technicalelements of its production. I was proud to be part of the team thatbrought LittleHouse of Horrors tolife on stage.