HIGH POINT, N.C. -- It's a story about corruption, revenge and desperation and it's coming to the High Point Community Theatre.
The High Point Community Theatre will present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16 at High Point Theatre.
Set in 19th-century London, the musical tells the story of ousted barber Benjamin Barker, also known as Sweeney Todd, and his revenge on the scheming judge who exiled him for 15 years. When the bloodthirsty Sweeney joins forces with the failing pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, the two introduce a new, carnal ingredient to Lovett’s meat pies that sends the people of London straight to the shop — and new victims to Sweeney’s barber chair.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, the show has become a musical theatre staple since its Broadway premiere at the Uris Theatre in 1979. The original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd starred Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
“There are so many themes in Sweeney Todd that audiences can identify with- love, loss, longing and desire, revenge and even redemption,” said Director Casey Kern. “But it is by no means a ‘conventional’ musical. It combines a variety of forms of music and theater into a truly unique theatrical experience”.
The cast of Sweeney Todd is made up of more than 40 Triad area actors.
“We have been getting requests for a production of Sweeney Todd for years,” said HPCT President Allison Seals. “We felt as though the timing was right this year. We have assembled a phenomenal production team and incredibly talented cast and are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this twisted, yet beautiful, production to the Triad.”
Performances of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street are October 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and October 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. in High Point.
Tickets are $18-$22 and can be purchased at www.hpct.net or by calling the High Point Theatre Box Office at 336-887-3001.
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