Enlightened Theatrics brings Sondheim’s classic, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre


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Enlightened Theatrics is proud to present its largest production of this season with the tasty, thrilling, theatrical, musical treat, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Winner of eight Tony awards, Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s dark and complex musical transports the audience to gritty Industrial London. Intense orchestrations and masterful vocal performances in classics like, “The Worst Pies in London” and “God, That’s Good!” tantalize the audience with themes of injustice, greed, and revenge. Returning to Enlightened Theatrics’ artistic team is Music Director Eric Little (Portland, Music Director for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown). Little will conduct the nine-piece orchestra, bringing the complicated and chilling songs to life.

The Sweeney Todd cast features fifteen actors led by Portland-based Daniel Cilli (Sweeney Todd) and Margo Schembre (Mrs. Lovett), who you recently saw on ET’s stage as Mrs. Furnival in A Charles Dickens Christmas. Supporting roles are played by Thomas Nabhan as Judge Turpin (Salem), Justin Canfield as Anthony Hope (Portland, last seen in the orchestra of A Charles Dickens Christmas), Catherine Vessey as Johanna (Salem, last seen in The Wizard of Oz), Phillip Wells as Tobias Ragg (Sandy, recently seen in Elsinore Theatre’s Annie Get Your Gun), Matthew Brown as Adolfo Pirelli (Portland, last seen as John Dickens in A Charles Dickens Christmas), Brian Burger as The Beadle (Portland, last seen as Charles Dickens in A Charles Dickens Christmas), and Tracy Webber as The Beggar Woman (Salem, recently seen in Elsinore Theatre’s Annie Get Your Gun).

Ensemble members are Heather Dunkin Toller (Salem, recently seen in Pentacle Theatre’s Cabaret), Jackson Wells (Sandy, recently seen in Elsinore Theatre’s Annie Get Your Gun), Jarred Sheffield (Salem, last seen as Ellard Simms in The Foreigner), Cassandra Pangelinan (Salem, last seen as a Tribe Member in Hair), Abigail Brockamp (Salem), and Cameron Hunt (Salem).

Come enjoy the show, stay for the meat pies, if you dare… Join Enlightened Theatrics for a Bloody Good Fundraiser after the matinee on Sunday, October 14 for a chance to enjoy some meat pies, spiced cakes and ale alongside a performance of the McKay High School String Quartet. If you’re lucky, Sweeney might offer you a shave.

Directed by Vincenzo Meduri, Artistic Director of Enlightened Theatrics, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens Wednesday, October 10 and runs to Sunday, November 4.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30. Tickets prices are $28 adult and $23 student. Preview Nights October 10 & 11 feature $10 tickets.

Tickets can be purchased at www.EnlightenedTheatrics.org, by calling 503-585-3427, or by stopping by our office on the 3rd floor at 187 High Street NE, Salem, OR 97301.

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