The inspiration for Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller, Bond’s “Sweeney Todd” introduces a psychological background for the psychopathic barber introduced in Victorian penny dreadful “The String of Pearls.” The play begins with Todd returning home and seeking revenge against Judge Turpin, who destroyed his family. Todd begins murdering his customers and goes into business with pie-maker Mrs. Lovett, who bakes the victims into her pies.
The play features senior Cooper Early as Sweeney Todd, senior Kate Raridon as Mrs. Lovett, and senior Ethan Glenn as Judge Turpin. Senior Christian Patrick plays the Beadle, another antagonist, while junior Alex Matthews plays Tobias Ragg, Todd and Lovett’s sidekick. Senior Lauren Johnson plays Todd’s daughter and Turpin’s ward, Johanna. Senior Jordan Potter plays Anthony Hope, a sea captain indebted to Todd who falls in love with Johanna.
More than 150 Valley High School students make up the rest of the cast and crew, with senior Amy Wickencamp as head stage manager, junior Emily Schnoor as head production manager, senior Chase Brown as master carpenter, and senior Mary Scout Cole-Duvall as master electrician.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5, in the Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. Tickets are $7 and $10, and can be purchased through MIDWESTIX at www.midwestix.com or by calling 515-244-2771.
- October 27, 2017