Auditions for “Sweeney Todd” Wrap Up Tonight

Brendon Johnson ‘16 / Champlain College News

Champlain TheatreTonight (Nov. 21)  is the final night of auditions for the Champlain College Theatre Company’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Alumni Auditorium. Tryouts run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Hauke Conference Room.  Auditionees should come prepared to to sing a song from the play.

The College’s theatre company is planning a “stripped-down” version of the play, with only nine to 10 actors, and a handful of musicians, inspired by the 2007 revival of the play.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tells the tale of Sweeney Todd who has returned from wrongful imprisonment to avenge his wife, his daughter, and himself. He encounters a cast of characters in Industrial Age London who might help or thwart him – but is he a hero or a villain? Can he, or we, recognize evil and good? You might never get a shave or eat a meat pie again, after seeing this chilling, highly theatrical musical by Stephen Sondheim.

Sweeney Todd has a lot to say about several issues that tie in to some of our Core Division courses, as well as life today, even though it is about a 19th century murderer,” said Kerry Noonan, director and assistant professor in the Core Division.

Rehearsals begin the first week of the spring semester; auditionees can expect that rehearsals will take place four to five days per week. The play will open on Feb. 20. Tickets will be available at the doors of Champlain Alumni Auditorium; $20 for general admission, $10 for Champlain faculty and staff, and free for Champlain students with ID.

For more information or an inquiry about getting involved in some other way (as crew or as a musician), contact Director Kerry Noonan at knoonan@champlain.edu.

 

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