Sweeney Todd at Shepherd

Winner of several Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim's musical melodrama, Sweeney Todd comes to the Frank Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, February 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 5 and 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is a musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and libretto by Hugh Wheeler, presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). The musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after being imprisoned for 15 years on false charges. When he learns from his former landlady Mrs. Lovett that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by Judge Turpin who wrongly imprisoned him he vows revenge.

The Shepherd University production is directed by Dr. Richard Helldobler, with musical direction by Dr. Erik Reid Jones, and features live orchestra accompaniment. Scott Donaldson, a senior vocal performance major from Cleveland, OH, is featured in the role of Sweeney Todd. Joanna Moomaw, from Roanoke, VA, plays the role of Mrs. Lovett. Jessica Adkins, a sophomore vocal performance major from Summersville, WV, is Johanna. Senior music education and music theater major, Megan West of Martinsburg, WV, plays the Beggar Woman. Sophomore music major Ross Tamaccio from Herndon, VA, plays the role of Anthony. Junior music theater and music education major Brian James, of Falling Waters, WV, plays Toby. Daniel Plante, a junior music performance major from Mount Airy, MD, is the Judge. Paul Cabell, a junior music education major from Ranson, WV, is Pirelli, and Nick Bavani, a junior music education major from Lexington Park, MD, is Beadle.

Admission and seating for Sweeney Todd is on a first come-first serve basis and advance sales or reservations are not available. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. General admission is $15, $10 for faculty, staff and students 18 and under, and free for Shepherd students with Rambler ID and Friends of Music Gold and Silver MAC Cardholders. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.