Feed Me, Seymour!

Youth troupe to present Little Shop of Horrors

Talented Alameda teens will titillate audiences with a tale of love, murder and botany this week with their performance of Little Shop of Horrors, that weird science musical featuring a hapless nobody, Seymour, who finds fame and love while nurturing a bloodthirsty plant (shown above in a performance by the American University in Cairo). Who will be the first victim to sate the plant’s appetite? The sadistic dentist? His ditzy girlfriend? The paternal but dismissive flower shop owner? Or Seymour himself?  

Not only has the cast been rehearsing every day for weeks, students at a stagecraft camp have crafted a huge puppet to portray the plant when it grows to man-eating proportions. Besides showcasing the talent of local sixth-through-12th graders, the show features some of Alan Menken’s early work before he wrote Disney hits such as Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $7 for kids. 

Performances are Friday, July 5, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 7, 2 p.m., at Michaan’s Theater, 2700 Saratoga St.