City Varieties Youth Theatre (CVYT) is going from strength to strength. Audiences loved The Wizard of Oz and the company even wrote and produced its own shows Darcy in Happylandia and Sensa. Now they’re taking on a new challenge – Little Shop of Horrors.
There are over 60 performers in the production, with a live orchestra starring local musicians from Leeds College of Music. CVYT has produced the show before in 2013, so it’s likely to be a well-rehearsed, slick show.
Little Shop of Horrors is based on the 1960s film – following Seymour Krelbourne as he changes the fortunes of the flower shop he works in when he discovers a super cool plant. Of course, the plant eats human flesh… making things all a little trickier for poor old Seymour. Can he get the girl of his dreams, Audrey, achieve his dreams and keep his creepy plant’s desires at bay?
The songs in the show are absolutely ace. They’re all a little rocky with a doo-wop feel, with hits like Somewhere That’s Green and Feed Me always going down a treat with audiences.
CVYT Artistic Director, Lizi Patch, said: “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.”
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.”
Get your tickets well in advance as this show’s likely to be a sell out. Catch the show on 26th and 27th July.