Beck Youth Theater Opens Season With “Little Shop of Horrors” Parody

Thu 10/21-Sun 10/24

The youth theater at Beck Center for the Arts kicks off its 2021-22 season with a distinctive take on the noted cult classic Little Shop of Horrors.

It’s titled Little Tech Shop of Horrors: When Good Science Goes Bad and it’s a parody of the original written and directed by Clevelander Russel Stich, who has a long track record in Cleveland’s theater and improv comedy scenes.

In his version, students at “Mushkin Technical Academy” find a partly built android in a storage unit and make plants to enter it in a contest. But the android spirals out of their control and they must act before it conquers the human race.

“The cast is having a great time with the script, which is a combination of comedy, sci-fi and just a touch of horror thrown in fun,” says Stich. “After just a few short rehearsals, these characters are already beginning to feel like fully developed people. As the author, it’s exciting to see these talented young actors bring a bit of their own personalities to the characters you’ve created.”

The show runs Thursday October 21 @ 10am, Friday October 22 and Saturday October 23 @ 7:30pm and Sunday October 24 @ 3pm in the Beck’s Senney Theater. There’s also a live streaming option.

Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for 18 and under. Go to


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