Shoestring Players to Perform "Sweeney Todd"

April 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd on April 14-16 at 8:00 p.m. and April 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Theatre.

In Victorian London, the barber Benjamin Barker is married to the gorgeous Lucy and they have a child, Johanna. Lucy attracts the attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses the barber of a crime that he did not commit and abuses Lucy later after gaining custody of her. After 15 years in exile, Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Turpin. He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett who is the owner of a meat pie shop who tells him that Lucy committed suicide with arsenic many years ago, and Turpin assigned himself tutor of Johanna. He opens a barber shop above her store, initiating a crime rampage against those who made him suffer and lose his beloved family.

Cast members include David Stokes as Sweeney Todd; Melody McClellan as Mrs. Lovett; Garrett Gibson as Anthony; Sarah Hurley as Johanna; Benjamin Sickles as Judge Turpin; Patric Phillips as Beadle Bamford; Ryan Barry as Tobias; Herbert Johnson as Pirelli; and Anna Elyse Lewis as Beggar Woman. The Ensemble includes Alex DeLuna, Amanda Frierson, Ashley McFadden, Ashley Wilson, Cassie Howles, Catherine Mack, Chandler Crawford, Jessica Howles, Joshua Whitaker, Julia LeJeune, Kasie Granner, Katelin Abernathy, Kristen Gist, Lacey Key, Leah James, Lindsay Gregg, Matt Crowe, Michael Chastain, Michael Rigsby, Mikayla Gettys, Sha’Rone Scott, Steven Shuler, Sydney McMath, Townsend Reynolds, and Tyrissa Butler.

The Sweeney Todd production crew consists of the following: Jimm Cox as director; Joy Finch as musical director; Karen Hampton as assistant musical director; Rich Robinson as set and lighting designer; William Luther as stage manager; Nick Whitworth as sound designer; and Felicia Glidden as makeup designer.

To purchase tickets, call the USC Upstate Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864) 503-5695. Ticket prices are $5 for staff and students and $7 for general public.

For additional information, contact Jimm Cox, director of theatre at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5697 or jcox@uscupstate.edu.

 
left to right, Anna Elyse Louis as the Beggar Woman and Garrett Gibson as Anthony in rehearsal for Sweeney Todd


left to right, David Stokes as Sweeney Todd and Melody McClellan as Mrs. Lovett in rehearsal for Sweeney Todd