Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - A Musical Thriller

7th to 22nd August, 2020
The Arcadians' Miner's Lamp Theatre

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony’s, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.
An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

Music and Lyrics by
STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Book by
HUGH WHEELER

From an Adaptation by
CHRISTOPHER BOND

Originally Directed On Broadway by HAROLD PRINCE

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Originally Produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in Association with Dean and Judy Manos

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

 

CRITICAL REACTION
“A staggering theatre spectacle and more fun than a graveyard on the night of the annual skeletons ball… So joy to the world, dear children! SWEENEY TODD is here to enrich your nightmares.”
-New York Daily News

“Must be seen by everyone who cares about the gifts and the risk of Broadway at its best.”
-Newsweek

“There is more artistic energy, creative personality and plain excitement than in a dozen average musicals. …Mr Sondheim has composed an endlessly inventive, highly expressive score that works indivisibly from its brilliant and abrasive lyrics.”
-The New York Times

“Sweeney Todd is above all cracking high class entertainment with a pulsating score and a fascinatingly lurid cast of characters that is at times little more than a singing freak show, though its none the worse for that.”
-The Independent.

Info Nights

POSTPONED – Two Information Nights will be held at the Miner’s Lamp Theatre on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th March 2020.

Auditions

Auditions will be on Tuesday 31st March and Thursday 2nd April 2020.  A third date will be opened after the information nights, if needed.

Character Breakdown

SWEENEY TODD

A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna’s father, singularly focused on taking bloody revenge. Our story’s tormented protagonist.
GENDER: Male
STAGE AGE: 30 – 50
VOCAL RANGE: Baritone F2 – G4

MRS LOVETT

An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner .She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture.
GENDER: Female
STAGE AGE: 25 – 50
VOCAL RANGE: Mezzo Soprano F#3 – F#5

ANTHONY HOPE

A naïve and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.
GENDER: Male
STAGE AGE: 20 – 30
VOCAL RANGE: Tenor A2 – A4

JOHANNA

A sprightly girl, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd’s long lost daughter and Turpin’s ward.
GENDER: Female
STAGE AGE: 18 – 22
VOCAL RANGE: Soprano A3 – C6

TOBIAS RAGG

A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett
GENDER: Male
STAGE AGE: 20 – 25
VOCAL RANGE: Tenor A2 – Bb4

JUDGE TURPIN

A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city, and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.
GENDER: Male
STAGE AGE: 50+
VOCAL RANGE: Baritone F4 – G4

THE BEADLE

A pompous and very dangerous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Judge Turpin.
GENDER: Male
STAGE AGE: 30 – 55
VOCAL RANGE: Baritone / Tenor G2 – G4

BEGGAR WOMAN / LUCY

A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbours a dark and surprising secret.
GENDER: Female
STAGE AGE: 30 – 45
VOCAL RANGE: Mezzo-soprano F#3 – F#4

ADOLFO PIRELLI

A flamboyant Italian rival Barber; a charlatan with a secret past.
GENDER: Male
STAGE AGE: 30 – 40
VOCAL RANGE: Tenor A2 – D5

ENSEMBLE

SOPRANO: A3 – C#6
ALTO: F#3 – F#5
TENOR: A2 – A4
BARITONE / BASS: F2 – F4
Ensemble plays various characters through out the show.

Audition Material

Can be viewed here.

Fri 7 August 2020 at 8pm
Sat 8 August 2020 at 2pm and 8pm
Fri 14 August 2020 at 8pm
Sat 15 August 2020 at 2pm and 8pm
Sun 16 August 2020 at 2pm
Fri 21 August 2020 at 8pm
Sat 22 August 2020 at 2pm and 8pm

Director Malcolm White
Musical Director Jesse Cleal
Choreographer Natalie Bazun-Coates
Producer Liza Allen
Stage Manager
Cilla Aslanidis
Light/Sound David Greer
Set Design Paul Greer / Malcolm White
Costumes Nyla Collis
Hair Maureen Paterson
Makeup Lea Fay
Props Marie Mitchell-Stanley

Parental Advisory

The show is unsuitable for children under the age of 12.

Adults $35
Concessions (Pensioners/Seniors) and Members $30
Groups of 10 or more $30
Youth (17 years & under) $20