LMC Theater Department presents the musical “Sweeney Todd” | Local News

BENTON HARBOR — Lake Michigan College’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present its spring musical production, “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. . on the main stage of the Mendel Center, 1100 Yore Ave., on the Benton Harbor campus.

Stephen Sondheim’s dark Tony Award winner for Best Musical focuses on the titular character, whose real name is Benjamin Barker. After being wrongfully sentenced to life in prison by the corrupt Judge Turpin, Barker uses his new alias, Sweeney Todd, to get back to work at his barbershop over Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie. Swearing revenge against the judge, he and Lovett hatch a plan that takes them down a dangerous path with deadly consequences.

“Sweeney Todd is perhaps Sondheim’s finest work, if not his most complex,” said Paul Mow, LMC theater coordinator and director. “This cast and crew is comprised entirely of LMC students, local artists and designers, who have worked tirelessly in addition to their already innate talents and abilities to bring this monster of a stage show to life. It has been a real pleasure and a life goal for me to work on this magnificent musical standard and this piece of American musical theater.

The musical, an adaptation of Christopher Bond’s 1973 play of the same name, features music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler. “Sweeney Todd” opened on Broadway in 1979 and in the West End in 1980. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It has since had numerous revivals as well as a film adaptation.

The LMC production features a cast of 24 student and community artists under stage direction by Mow and musical direction by part-time LMC faculty member Danny Lopez.

The main cast are Dan Maxon (Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker), Meghan Pelkey ​​(Nellie Lovett), Sam Garrison (Anthony Hope), Genevieve Deschaine (Johanna Barker), Jakob Prillwitz (Judge Turpin), Jonathan Clough (Tobias Ragg) , Eric Thiele (Beadle Bamford), Meggie Anderson (Beggar) and Brady West (Adolfo Pirelli).

Rounding out the cast, the ensemble members are Einra Baker, Shay Beeson, Matthew Bizoe, Joanna Blue, Catie Hernandez, DJ Jones, Emilie Kurtz, Terra Lenox, Laura Martin, Kyle McAndrew, Shannon Mitchell, Mason Rasmussen, Joel Smiedendorf , Beth Ward and Jake Zapor.

Lopez, meanwhile, will lead an orchestra that includes Sara Churchill (violin), Maggie Nowicki (violin), Morgan Sleeper (cello), Donald Brittain (bass), Emily Mikel-Rowe (clarinet), Paul Goodman (bassoon), Adam Karnik (trumpet), Katie Hosey (French horn), Marc Churchill (percussion) and Jeremy Lane (percussion).

They will perform musical numbers such as “Pretty Women”, “A Little Priest”, “Worst Pies in London”, “Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir”, “Green Finch and Linnet Bird”, “Johanna”, “Not While I’m Around ” and more!

“Sondheim really captured an exciting moment for the performers and the audience,” Lopez said. “I find something new in the score every time I read it.”

In addition to Mow and Lopez, the technical team includes Susan Salas Graham (assistant director), Carrie VanDenburgh, Jim Kraus (chorus directors), Brooke Hare (stage manager), Julie Smiy (costume designer), Lari Lawrence-Gist ( choreographer), and Pat King (Production Manager/LMC Theater Faculty).

Tickets are $18, $12 for seniors, and free for all students, LMC faculty, and staff. The musical may not be suitable for younger audiences.

To buy tickets, go to themedelcenter.org or call the box office at 269-927-8700.

For more information, call 269-927-8876 or visit lakemichigancollege.edu/arts.

“Sweeney Todd” is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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