“This is weird,” Marvin King says as he sits comfortably in the house before rehearsal while other actors back stage get costumed and check their props. “I don’t have any costume… or makeup. That pre-show ritual, warming up, getting in costume… there’s none of that. It’s kinda odd.” For the first time in 15 years he’s been doing shows, King is an actor who never appears on stage. How can that be? Well, he’s the voice of Audrey II, the R&B singing, carnivorous plant.
Parkway audiences may recognize his face (if they ever see it) from Big River and they will certainly appreciate his voice all over again. Audrey II is a force to be reckoned with, and King’s commanding voice suits perfectly.
He has also discovered another perk to this unusual experience. “I get to watch the show every night!” he says. “Usually I’m getting ready for an entrance or helping to move a set piece.” Not this time. He gets the chance, like an audience, to see the magic a live performance on stage creates night after night: the nuances, the slight variations, the interplay between audience and actors and the talent on display.
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