Phase IV is the final and largest form of Audrey II. She's big, mean, and in control. Being such a large puppet with a lot of demands, it's a hefty task to build her to be up to everything. She needs to be able to:
Eat three actors
Sing and move
Somehow portray growth (here accomplished with large leaves lifted into place, as well as added roots and buds) and sprout arms for her finale appearance
As with Phase III, she requires a hefty armature to accomplish this, and now that she is too large to be entirely supported by the person operating her, she requires a substantial support system to hold her in place while she is puppeteered. As with Phase II she can be broken down into a series of parts:
The head itself, upper and lower jaw attached together and serving as the most visible part of the puppet (now even larger and more colorful than her previous forms and crested with spines).
The hidden ramp base which serves as 'gullet' for actors to tumble down.
Poles and a support cap to hold her head at the desired height.
Two 'skirts' to both hide the puppeteer and base, hidden with leaves.
Because of the requirements for her finale appearance (and my personal approach to them), she must also contain these parts (these will be covered in a separate tutorial):
Large leaves to lift into place and brackets to hold them.
Large 'woody' (or root-like) arms to menace the audience and knock Seymour into the mouth
Covers for the puppeteers needed to operate said arms.
Having several parts also allows the puppet to be broken down for storage and transport, but once assembled she can remain so for the duration of the production.
Because of the separate elements of this large puppet, and it's vast size, quite a lot of different materials are needed.
For the base:
1/2” Plywood, Nails, Screws, and Woodglue
6' 1” Diameter Wooden Dowels
1”1/2” Diameter PVC Pipe and Pipe Clamps
Astroturf and Heavy-Duty Staples
Fabric to Cover Foam
For the Head:
1/8”x1/2” Aluminum Bar
14-Gauge Aluminum Wire
Machine Screws and Nuts
1/2”, 1”, and 2” Upholstery Foam
Milliskin Matte Fabric in Daffodil Yellow, Kelly/Apple Green, Magenta, White, and Nude
Hot Melt Glue
The extras will be covered in the next tutorial. All of these materials require significant volume, and I ended up using many yards of each. Exact totals exceed dozens of yards of fabric and foam.