By Daniel Doan | Entertainment Editor
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be performed on Sept. 17 through Sept. 20 in the Pearce Auditorium by Pearce students. This is the first time that this musical will be performed at Pearce.
“We do a show every year, and we picked this because it’s a difficult piece of musical theater for our students and one that audiences will enjoy,” Mr. Bryan Lewis said.
Sweeney Todd follows the story of a barber who kills people in his barbershop and then robs their corpses. To get rid of the bodies and evidence, he sells the victims baked in pies to unsuspecting accomplices. In newer versions, he has a partner named Mrs. Lovett who is the one who takes care of the bodies.
“We’re really excited to do this show because it represents one of the most difficult pieces in the American musical theater canon,” Mr. Lewis said. “We have a fantastic cast and can’t wait for everyone to see the show.”
Mr. Lewis will be directing the musical. He teaches Theater 1 and 3, as well as Tech Theater 1. He is an assistant director for both Theater and Tech Theater. Mr. Lewis last directed the UIL play, Bob, a life in five acts, last year.
The assistant directors are Mallory Gill and Leo Wood.
“It’s going to take a lot of work, but I think it will work out well in the end,” senior Sam Snyder said.
The main actors will be Sam as the lead Sweeney Todd, Ben Scholl as Beetle, John Jovicich as Antony, John Durham as Judge Turpin and junior Trevor Norris as Tobias.
Students auditioned for and were cast before school ended last year. Actors were given a script of their lines to memorize over the summer before they came back to Pearce in August to practice.
Mr. Lewis is pleased with how practice is going. “We started practice at the beginning of August and all the kids have been working really well.”
The cast began practicing for Sweeney Todd at the beginning of August. The sets were fully designed by Mr. Lewis and Tech Theater teacher Mr. Kelly Cox before school started. Tech Theater classes started building the sets on the first day of school.