The eight-time Tony Award winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will come to life onstage at Shawnee Little Theatre beginning Feb. 8. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the show will be performed Feb. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.
One of the darkest musicals ever written, “Sweeney Todd” is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after 15 years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public.
Called composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, “Sweeney Todd” is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last 50 years, and it’s the high-water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.
Tickets for the SLT production go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 29 online at shawneelittletheatre.com. The SLT box office will be staffed for telephone and walk-up ticket sales beginning Monday, Feb. 4 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 405-275-2805. Season and Patron Priority Reservation day is Monday, Jan. 28.
Directed by Bob Wendland with music direction by Carrie Hathcock, the large cast includes Scott Bartley, Kelli Curtis, Karla Kelly, Steve Simpson, K.C. Goldsby, Elijah Gragg, Matt Longacre, Annika Stevens, Charlie Monnot and Tate Monroe.
In the large ensemble are Trevor Mastin, Logan Davis, Kira Austin, Carla Hale, DeeDee Hall, Phoebe Perkins, Lauren Canaday, Kayla Parsons, Krista Farris, Chelle Long, Jeanne Swinney, Cierra Farris and Tate Monroe.
Behind the scenes are Krista Farris, stage manager; Dustin Farris, technical director; Caleb Jennings, sound assistant; Preston Fry, Trevor Mastin, Zach Martin, Brad Curtis, set; Elijah Gragg, projections; Brad Curtis, special effects; Taylor Curtis, props; Tanner Rippee, lighting; Rebecca Fry, Tami Lawson, costumes; Kate Blain, set painting; and Trish Lenora, rehearsal accompanist.
Originally produced on Broadway in 1979, “Sweeney Todd” contains adult themes and language.
Following “Sweeney Todd” in April, SLT will present the classic riotous comedy “Noises Off,’ directed by Elijah Gragg. Auditions for “Noises Off” will be Feb. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. at SLT. There are roles for four women and five men, ages 20 and up. All roles are open. The 2019-2020 season will be announced during the run of “Noises Off” with season tickets going on sale.
Shawnee Little Theatre is a non-profit totally volunteer organization celebrating its’ 52nd year in Shawnee in 2019. Season sponsors are Action Physical Therapy, BancFirst, Berkshire Hathaway, Benchmark Realty, Turner and Cindy Davis, the Fowler Auto Group, Matt and Shelli Hopkins, Dr Kirk Hoster and Dr Jordan Ewert, Metro Brokers, the Presley Group, Shawnee Milling Company and SSM Health Medical Group.