UH Premieres Its First Musical, Little Shop of Horrors

This show will present a form of theater never before seen on the university’s stage.

By Jaisal Kalapatapu May 26, 2022

Catch the Kathrine G. McGovern College of Arts presentation of Little Shop of Horrors this weekend.

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

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

“I think our audience is going to be surprised to see this type of show in the Moores Opera House,” says the musical’s director, Nicole Kenley-Miller. “The space is typically used for concerts and operas, but we are going to test the boundaries of what the space can do in terms of scenery, lighting, and sound design.”  

The collaborative production is led by Kenley-Miller alongside Alley Theatre’s associate director, Kevin Rigdon, Theatre Under the Stars’ scenic designer, Andrew Harper, and Dominique McCormick from the Moores School as the project manager, in addition to two UH alums, Afsaneh Aayani and Sally Mayes. Aayani, an award-winning puppet developer, will be portraying the pet plant, named Audrey II, while Mayes, a Tony Award-winning actress, will act as collaborator and master class workshop coordinator for the production. 

Come this weekend, the audience can expect a show of laughter, love, and, yes, a little bit of horror.

Performances will be 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

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