The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on an adaption by Christopher Bond
Heather Edwards, Musical Director
Nick Sala, Director
Benjamin Barker (alias Sweeney Todd) returns to the slums of 19th-century London after spending 15 years in exile in Australia for a crime he didn’t commit. He arrives to find that his wife is dead and his daughter is under the supervision of the corrupt judge who wrongly sent him away. Tormented by unbearable grief and driven to kill by the need to avenge this terrible wrong, Sweeney sets up as a barber and starts to murder his unsuspecting customers, after which his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, bakes them into pies that prove extremely popular with the local populace.
Sweeney Todd: (mid/late 40’s – Early 50’s) Bass-Baritone:
A wrongly convicted master barber, he has returned to London after years away to seek his revenge. Powerful, intelligent, and brooding, he is also charming and should have a swagger. He imposing but does it with a smile.
Mrs. Lovett (mid/late 40’s – Early 50’s) Mezzo w/belt:
An unscrupulous meat pie shop owner, she’s always loved Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture for herself. She’s witty, cheerful, manipulative, devious and ambitious.
Beggar Woman/Lucy (mid-40’s) Soprano:
A strange poor soul living on the streets of London, she makes her living prostituting herself to sailors at the London docks. She is deranged but knows something isn’t right. She is also Todd’s wife, but he does not recognize her.
Anthony Hope (early – mid 20’s) Tenor:
A handsome young sailor who rescued Todd and returned to London with him, he falls in love with Johanna at first sight. Strong, brave, and full of the joys of the world, he has an innocence about him but he has yet to inhabit Todd’s cynical qualities.
Johanna (late teens - early 20's) Soprano:
Sweeney's daughter and now under Judge Turpin's supervision, she thinks her father is dead. Beautiful and innocent with a flirty side, she wants to be free but the judge has her locked up and sees Anthony as her savior. She is a blonde in the show.
Judge Turpin (mid 50's - early 60's) Bass-Baritone:
A lecherous, evil, corrupt public official who was responsible for sending Sweeney to prison. He lusted after Sweeney's wife and now looks to take Johanna as his bride.
Beadle Bamford (late 30’s – mid 50’s) Tenor:
Judge Turpin’s loyal and evil sidekick, he was there when the Judge imprisoned Sweeney and does the judge’s dirty work.
Adolfo Pirelli/Daniel O’Higgins (early 30’s – early 40’s) Tenor:
A fellow barber from Sweeney’s past. Claims to be "the king of the barbers, the barber of kings." He was Todd’s apprentice prior to his imprisonment. This actor must be able to do an over the top Italian accent and an Irish accent.
Tobias Ragg (mid-teens) Tenor:
A young, poor street urchin who works as an assistant to the abusive Pirelli, he finds comfort in Mrs. Lovett who becomes a mother figure. He’s suspicious of Todd.
Male & Female Ensemble (Early 20’s – 60’s):
A strong ensemble needed for this show. They act as a Greek Chorus commenting on the action and augmenting the story. Some of the roles they will portray include; Storytellers, Townspeople, Police, Lunatics and Customers. The Ensemble gets ample stage time and is showcased throughout the show. Each member will be given a moment(s) to shine.
***All ethnicities are encouraged to audition***
16-32 bars of an up-tempo or ballad musical theatre/pop song that really shows off your voice and range. Bring piano/vocal sheet music in the appropriate key and clearly marked. An accompanist will be provided. You may be asked to sing the entire song. There will be no dancing at this call.
Friday, August 19 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 20 @ 2:00 pm
Rehearsals start after Labor Day
GRACE HALL, 116 CITY ISLAND AVENUE
Friday, November 4 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 5 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 6 @ 3:00 pm
Friday, November 11 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 12 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 13 @ 3:00 pm
Friday, November 18 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 19 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 20 @ 3:00 pm
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May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Nick Sala
November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 & 20
* Shows and dates subject to change*