The University of Houston creates its first musical

From May 27-29, the University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of Arts (KGMCA) will present Little Shop of Horrors, marking the first time in college history that a musical theater production will be presented on stage.

The story, adapted from the 1980s Broadway musical, follows meek and lonely Seymour as he encounters a unique pet plant during his escape attempts from “Skid Row”. Although seemingly harmless, he soon realizes that keeping this plant alive will take more than sweat and tears, namely blood.

“I think our audience is going to be surprised to see this kind of show at Moores Opera House,” says musical director Nicole Kenley-Miller. “The space is typically used for concerts and operas, but we’ll be testing the limits of what the space can do in terms of decor, lighting and sound design.”

The collaborative production is led by Kenley-Miller alongside Alley Theater associate director Kevin Rigdon, Theater Under the Stars set designer Andrew Harper and Moores School’s Dominique McCormick as project manager, in addition of two UH alumni, Afsaneh Aayani. and Sally Mayes. Aayani, an award-winning puppet developer, will play the pet plant, named Audrey II, while Mayes, a Tony Award-winning actress, will act as production collaborator and masterclass coordinator.

Come this weekend, audiences can expect a spectacle of laughter, love and, yes, a little horror.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on May 27 and 28 and at 2 p.m. on May 28 and 29. Admission is $30 for the general public and $25 for seniors and students, as well as UH faculty, staff, and alumni. For tickets and other relevant information, contact the KGMCA box office at (713) 743-3388 or online at