Sweeney Todd


Makayla Alicea, Editorial Board

Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 masterpiece of theatre, centers around the character of Benjamin Barker, a London barber obsessed with revenge. Returning to London after fifteen years of imprisonment on a false charge, Barker, who masquerades as Sweeney Todd, seeks to enact revenge on the corrupt judge who sent him away in order to get closer to Barker’s wife, Lucy. Todd teams up with Mrs. Lovett, his old neighbor, who owns a meat pie shop underneath his barber shop. Mrs. Lovett tells Todd that after he left London, his wife poisoned herself, and the corrupt judge took in his daughter, Johanna. Todd swears to take his revenge on all those who had wronged him by killing all those who cross his path, and Mrs. Lovett comes up with a brilliant idea of her own…

Revenge continues to be a main theme throughout the show. With a steampunk set design and costumes, dark music, with a twisted plot, this production promises to be unlike anything ever seen on the GMHS stage. According to musical director Bruce Yates, “Sweeney Todd is considered one of the most revered, modern Broadway productions and we’re fortunate enough to have the students and resources here to pull off this level of difficulty…The students are doing a phenomenal job, they’ve risen to the challenge of doing a phenomenal piece. Audiences will be impressed and riveted by the storytelling and singing of these very talented, young performers.”

Kyle Brace, who holds the starring role as Sweeney Todd, says, “I’m very excited, it’s been a great opportunity. It’s a different character than I’ve never played before…this is the most serious role I’ve ever had a chance to play. The cast is doing a phenomenal job, and it’s going to be a great show.” Cody Gould, who plays Anthony Hope, expressed, “I’m really excited, we’ve been working very hard. We’ve had seven hour rehearsals. This is going to be a great show.” Olivia Graham, who is cast as Johanna, talks about the set of the play, “I think it’s a great thing, it’s going to exceed all expectations. The set, with all the talent, is going to be amazing. It’s bigger than anything we’ve ever had….everything has a homemade touch, so it’s a lot more personalized.”

Opening night is this Thursday, at 7 p.m., and will continue through Saturday at 7 pm as well. The last showing is Sunday, at 2 p.m. Tickets are still on sale, $7 for students, $15 for reserved seating, and $10 for general admission.