Brighten up your summer with a highly-entertaining trip to the theatre as NiStars presents Little Shop Of Horrors at Strand Arts Centre on August 23 and 24.

As part of the EastSide Arts Festival 30 budding young performers will feature in the production.

Little Shop Of Horrors centres on a weedy florist shop worker who becomes an overnight celebrity when he (inadvertently) raises a strange plant, fortunately saving the shop from closure.

Slight twist, the plant has astonishing thirst… for human flesh and blood. 

International music stars from home and abroad will be among the highlights of the EastSide Arts Festival, delivered by the East Belfast Partnership from 19th –31st August. As well as concerts by Van Morrison, Duke Special and American jazz singer, Dana Masters, the festival will include comedy, movies, theatre, talks, workshops community events and exhibitions. For full festival programme including tickets visit www.eastsidearts.net  or Facebook/EastSideArts and twitter @EastSideArtsBel  Pictured are Actress Kirsten Haston with 'Audrey' from the  youth production of the fantastic ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at the Strand Arts Centre   Picture by Brian Morrison.

Kirsten Haston with ‘Audrey’

The early ’60s style rock ‘n’ roll music is supported by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman – both multi-Oscar winners for their work on The Little Mermaid and Beauty & The Beast.

Director, Ande Gray, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people aged 12 to 20 to develop their musical theatre abilities, and to perform on the stage of Northern Ireland’s oldest cinema and newest arts centre. This summer musical gives NiStars the chance to show just what amazingly talented young people we have, and it’s a brilliantly entertaining.”

Little Shop of Horrors at Strand Arts Centre

Chief Executive of Strand Arts Centre, Mimi Turtle, said: “After three weeks of training, NiStars will have taken dozens of young people on a journey that will see them gel as a team, develop their confidence and their musical theatre talents, culminating in two public performances of this fantastic musical.”

The EastSide Arts Festival will also include comedy, movies, talks, workshops community events and exhibitions.

More information about the festival can be found here.

More information and tickets for Little Shop of Horrors are available here.

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