Youth Theatre revisit the Little Shop of Horrors

Following the success of The Wizard of Oz and self-penned productions, Darcy in Happylandia and Sensa, in 2018, the City Varieties Youth Theatre (CVYT) returns to the famed music hall this summer with its production of Little Shop of Horrors on Friday 26th July and Saturday 27th July 2019. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 13 February 2019.

In what will be the company’s eighth full-scale musical, the 60-strong cast, plus live orchestra (with musicians from Leeds College of Music), will revisit Skid Row after originally staging the hugely popular musical in 2013.

Based loosely on the 1960s film The Little Shop of Horrors, Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical that follows the story of Seymour Krelbourne, a hapless orphan, who changes the fortunes of Mushnik’s failing flower shop when he discovers a strange-looking plant following a total eclipse of the sun. With a penchant for human flesh and blood, Audrey 2 – the sinister, singing succulent named after Seymour’s co-worker and woman of his dreams, Audrey Fulquard – soon has ambitions of its own…

With music by Alan Menken and lyrics and book by Howard Ashman, the stage musical is written in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and Motown and features hit songs, including Skid Row (Downtown), Somewhere That’s Green and Suddenly, Seymour. 

CVYT Artistic Director, Lizi Patch, says: “Little Shop of Horrors is one of my favourite musicals. The combination of superb songs, a sassy flesh-eating plant and characters straight from a Hollywood B movie horror is hard to beat.

“Our 2013 production went down a storm and cemented our reputation as a Youth Theatre with high production values. However, the more I’ve got to know this beautiful, bijou venue and the incredible technical team behind the scenes, the more I have wanted to revisit Little Shop and revamp it, including the addition of Marc Parret and his company, Puppets4Peas. The show offers a ton of design, casting and staging possibilities for our 60 young performers.” 

Founded in 2012, CVYT continues to work with industry professionals, wowing audiences with its professional standard full-scale musicals, devised work and contemporary drama. At its heart is its inclusive ethos to support and nurture every individual through their exploration of the arts. Matt Harper-Hardcastle, who recently joined the company as Creative Engagement Manager, explains: “The City Varieties Youth Theatre puts emphasis on the young people’s experience. Our team is committed to creating a space that is creative, challenging, enjoyable and enriching for every young person that walks through the door; I know that this ethos is echoed in all our productions.”

For one youth theatre member, Tom Hawkins, Little Shop of Horrors will be his last production, after first appearing in the 2013 version: “This is one of my all-time favourite musicals. The City Varieties Youth Theatre always put on a great show”, says Tom: “Even though it will be very emotional leaving the youth theatre (and I will miss it a lot), it is a brilliant way to end my time here.”

Little Shop of Horrors is at City Varieties Music Hall on Friday 26th July and Saturday 27th July 2019.

Book online at cityvarietiesmusichall.co.uk or call box office on 0113 243 0808