The Kathrine G. McGovern College of Arts at the University of Houston will present Little Shop of Horrors – the college’s first-ever large-scale musical production. A classic Broadway title originally adapted from the 1960 film written by Charles B. Griffith and directed by Roger Corman, Little Shop marks the first collaborative production by students and faculty from Moores School of Music and the School of Theater and Dance.
Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Dean Andrew Davis is excited to bring musical theater to the University of Houston with the goal of “providing our students with the broadest professional arts education possible.”
The iconic and unforgettable Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors, never fails to entertain. As the meek and lonely Seymour searches for a way to “get out of Skid Row”, he comes across what appears to be a friendly and unique pet plant.
However, keeping this plant alive will take more than blood, sweat and tears…or will it? Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts’ first musical will be conducted by Nicole Kenley-Miller of Moores Opera Center and
Associate Director of the Alley Theatre, Kevin Rigdon. Rigdon has created stage lighting and costume designs for 108 productions at the Alley Theater as well as over 110 production designs for the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. He currently holds two Tony Award nominations, two American Theater Wing Design Awards and seven Joseph Jefferson Awards, among others.
Rigdon and Miller will be joined by Theater Under the Stars resident sound designer Andrew Harper. Harper’s creations have been heard in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, to name a few. Dominique McCormick, a vocal artist affiliated with the Moores School of Music, is project manager for the production.
Alongside inspiring UH Alums partners Afsaneh Aayani and Sally Mayes. Afsaneh Aayani, professional puppet developer, will create Audrey II, a pet named Twoey, who brings horror to Little Shop. Aayani received the 2020 USITT Scenic Design Award recognizing his achievements and potential as a young scenographer. Broadway actress and singer Sally Mayes will act as collaborator and masterclass coordinator for the production. On Broadway, Mayes is best known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Roundabout Theater revival of She Loves Me.
Director, Nicole Kenley-Miller is thrilled to bring this production to life with the rest of the team. “I think our audiences are going to be surprised to see this kind of show at Moores Opera House. The space is usually used for concerts and operas, but we’re going to be testing the limits of what the space can do in terms of decor. , lighting and sound design. You will never have seen a show like this in the magnificent Moores Opera House, and the factory will have a big surprise in store for you at the end!”
Featured cast members will include students from Moores School of Music and the School of Theater & Dance. This performance will be a memorable exhibit showcasing incredible talent from all corners of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, bringing musical theater to the main stage of the Houston arts scene.
Learn more and purchase tickets at https://uh.edu/kgmca/box-office/.