City Varieties Youth Theatre are producing Little Shop of Horrors for their summer show this year. I chat to Little Shop of Horrors star Tom Hawkins about the importance of youth theatres and what he hopes to go on to next…
Why are you most looking forward to performing in Little Shop of Horrors?
Little Shop of Horrors is my favourite musical and is very close to my heart as it was the first show where I performed at the City Varieties with The Youth Theatre. I am really excited to see how Lizi directs this version compared to back in 2013.
What’s your favourite song from the show?
I would have to say that my favourite song is The Meek Shall Inherit, because not only is it one of the main ensemble numbers but is also a pivotal moment in the show.
This will be your last show for CVYT – what has being a member of the youth theatre taught you / what have you achieved?
I have learned so many new skills from not only Lizi but all of the other professionals who work with the Youth Theatre, I feel a lot more confident with singing acting and dancing, and specifically, Lizi has taught me a lot about character work and improvisation. I have also made lots of new friends and worked with lots of talented people.
What are you planning to do after your leave? Are you hoping to pursue a career in the arts?
Theatre is undoubtedly one of my favourite things to be involved in, and a job within the arts would certainly be a dream for me. After I leave City Varieties Youth Theatre, I really want to continue to be involved in musical theatre and acting.
What was your role back in LSOH 2013, and how do you think you have progressed as an artist in the last five years with CVYT?
In 2013, I played a Wino on Skid Row. It was so much fun and I learned so much from the rest of the cast. I think I have gained a lot of confidence in the past few years, and have improved in my skills that I couldn’t have gained without CVYT.
Catch Little Shop of Horrors at City Varieties Music Hall on 26th and 27th July.