Sheboygan North and South High School students are among the first to perform the high school version of "Sweeney Todd."
are being held November 7-9 and November 13-15 at 7 p.m., and a matinee
Nov. 9, 2 p.m. The North/South musical is being held at Sheboygan North
High School, 1042 School Avenue, Sheboygan.
are available at the Sheboygan North High School's attendance office, 8
a.m.-3:30 p.m. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $6/adult, $3/student
(grades 6-12) and $1/child. Tickets will also be for sale 45 minutes
before the curtain opens.
The play encompasses 35 actors, 25 musicians and 25 stage crew
are one of the first high schools in Wisconsin to produce Sweeney Todd.
We are always trying to do what's in the best interest of our young
performers," said Jay Johnson, Sheboygan North High School teacher and
director of the performance, who is excited to see the students take in
the thriller, musical, comedy of "Sweeney Todd."
rare instance of a musical thriller, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh
Wheeler's chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of
murderous barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the
unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking
revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his
young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his
unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop
downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her
mysterious new meat pie recipe.
macabre, visceral and uncompromising, "Sweeney Todd" nevertheless has a
great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with funny moments of dark
humor: audiences find themselves laughing hysterically one moment and
gasping in surprise the next.
the show's core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two
tasty tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice
Mrs. Lovett. Although it has been extremely popular with opera
companies and in concert presentation, "Sweeney Todd" is equally
effective as an intimate chamber musical.
has an outstanding score by one of the best contemporary musical
composers. The set, music and acting all provide great challenges for
students. We try to balance doing shows like Disney's, 'Beauty and the
Beast', with something more challenging and artistic," said Johnson. "I
hope the students and audiences understand the beauty and artistry of
Sweeney. "I hope they are entertained by one of my favorite musical