Reitz Theater to Present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The cast of Sweeney Todd rehearses a dramatic scene at the Reitz Theater in DuBois. Pictured, from left to right, are Kristie Taylor (Mrs. Lovett), Chris Taylor (Sweeney Todd), Charles Brosius (behind Todd), Nicki Cherry, Krista Carr, Jacqueline Spicher, Allan Hewitt and Caitlin Kalgren. (Provided photo)

The cast of Sweeney Todd rehearses a dramatic scene at the Reitz Theater in DuBois. Pictured, from left to right, are Kristie Taylor (Mrs. Lovett), Chris Taylor (Sweeney Todd), Charles Brosius (behind Todd), Nicki Cherry, Krista Carr, Jacqueline Spicher, Allan Hewitt and Caitlin Kalgren. (Provided photo)

DUBOIS – The Reitz Theater of DuBois will continue its season with the production of the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical classic, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 16-18 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 12.

Directed by Becky and Joe Sensor, the production is set in 19th century England. The musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker (Chris Taylor), who returns to England to seek revenge against the Judge Turpin (Ben Hughes), who sentences Barker to a crime he didn’t commit, and steals his wife and daughter.

Barker adopts the name Sweeney Todd and relocates his barber business to the top of Mrs. Lovett’s (Kristie Taylor) pie shop. Todd wants his revenge on the man who has now adopted his daughter and works with Mrs. Lovett on an evil plan.

According to Becky Sensor, the musical is the perfect Halloween show. “Even though the subject matter is very dark,” Sensor says, “there are many humorous moments and many beautiful musical moments. The cast is very talented.

“Many times a show, its director focuses on the stars and their talent. I have to say the most impressive thing about this show is how talented everyone involved with the production is. From the ensemble and the musicians in the orchestra, to the stage manager and the set designer, the talent is outstanding.”

Becky Sensor adds that she’s very impressed with the distance so that those involved with this production have been willing to travel. “We have people from DuBois, Clearfield, Reynoldsville, Punxsutawney and even Indiana.

“I am also so pleased with how much the cast has stepped up to help with costumes and props and all of the little things that it takes to put a show together.”

Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979, with Broadway legends Len Cariou as Todd, and Angela Lansberry as Mrs. Lovett. The production was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning eight, including Best Musical. A film adaptation directed by Tim Burton starred Johnny Depp as Todd, Helena Bonham-Carter as Mrs. Lovett, and Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin.

The production is a chilling, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous “barber-ism” and culinary crime is for mature audiences.

Sponsored by Farmers National Bank and Jim Stellabuto’s Everything Under Foot, all tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Reitz Theater ticket outlets: Kohlhepp’s True Value Hardware, Tannery Bar and Grille, Rosie’s Book Shoppe, Stew’s Brews Coffee House, Ms. Cat’s Cache, and S&T Bank on Liberty Boulevard, all in DuBois; the Reitz Theater Box Office, or online at www.reitztheater.com.

Reserve your tickets by calling the box office at 814-375-4274.

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