It's hard sharing the spotlight with a giant, soul-singing carnivorous plant. But count on Patricia Zentilli to hold her own as Audrey, the cheerfully naive heroine in Little Shop Of Horrors, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's cult musical. The Kingston-born Zentilli has shown her comic chops onstage in Urinetown and on TV in The Jane Show and This Is Wonderland. But we'll find out if she can avoid becoming plant food in the Canadian Stage revival, which starts previews this week at the Bluma Appel.
First theatre memory?
Acting out Grease with my cousins and sisters. I always played Danny, because I had short hair and looked like a boy. I wasn't happy with the casting.
When did you know you might be good onstage?
In Grade 6, when I was cast as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz. I was thrilled. I was just hoping to be a Munchkin.
In one sentence, what's Little Shop about?
Be careful what you wish for.
Carol Burnett, Ute Lemper, Kristin Chenoweth and Teresa Pavlinek.
Biggest challenge in the role?
Trying not to get depressed that we have to close December 15.
Favourite line in the show?
"If I had a mother, she'd be so happy!"
You're an agent. Sell yourself.
"Yes, they're real."
Best break in theatre?
The one at 3:30 pm.
Any hidden talents?
I can do an awesome seagull call. Seriously.
Worst part-time job?
Percentage of friends in theatre?
I try not to consort with unsavoury theatre types.
What do your parents think of your profession?
They're supportive... and happy when I don't need to borrow money.
You're the lovechild of two artists - who are they?
They're Canadian, so you've probably never heard of them.
World tour of Little Shop Of Horrors.