MUSICAL theatre is set to return to Alloa Town Hall next month in a show that “has it all”.

Audiences can expect laughs, tears, great songs and dancing – along with a man-eating plant – as Alloa Musical Players gear up for their production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Based on the Broadway horror comedy musical of the same name, the show centres on a floral shop worker who discovers a sentient carnivorous plant that feeds on human blood.

Little Shop of Horrors will be running at the town hall from March 1 to 4, following on from the success of Chicago in March 2020 and after a two-year break due to Covid.

Rob McDermott, president at Alloa Musical Players, said: “It has been great getting back to some sort of normality after the theatre being in the dark for us since 2020.

“Rehearsals have been a blast and we can’t wait to get back on the stage, especially after we missed celebrating our 70th birthday with a show last year.

“Little Shop of Horrors has it all: laughs, tears, great songs and dancing and to top it all a man-eating plant, what’s not to like, a community treat from a club that is rooted in its local community.”

Particularly looking forward to the show is the man behind the plant himself – Richard Cook, who is taking on the role of Audrey 2 in the show.


MAN BEHIND THE PLANT: Rehearsals are well underway for AMPs production as musical theatre returns to Alloa Town Hall this March

MAN BEHIND THE PLANT: Rehearsals are well underway for AMP's production as musical theatre returns to Alloa Town Hall this March


The plant provides budding florist Seymour fame and fortune.

But at what cost – audiences will have to head along to Seymour.

Richard said: “It's a very, very exciting time for me this year on stage.

“I have been with the company for six joyful – and at times some stressful – years.

“Every year I have always played a supporting role as a drunk, dead body or any other role that is needed, but this year I was lucky enough to get the phone call to say I got the part of Audrey 2.

“This means I get to create the dead bodies this year.

“As well as performing on stage I also work full-time as a baker and chef at Vera's Artisan Bakery and Vera's Kitchen in Stirling.

“Being on stage with my theatre family and friends is an absolutely fantastic experience when everything goes right and even funnier when it doesn't.

“Being on stage is such a fantastic experience for me and the rest of the talented cast as we all get to see the public come to see our shows to laugh, cheer and have a great night."

Tickets are available from and at Gordon R McFarlane's in Alloa.