On Pitch Performing Arts, known to friends as OPPA! announced Wednesday that they will hold auditions for their upcoming production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The Layton, Utah, live theater group will bring Stephen Sondheim’s haunting tale to the stage this October.
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” contains Sondheim’s signature blend of complex music and distinctive lyrics, combining to create an artistically unique musical with a powerful message. The story brings to light the savage nature of humanity’s inclination towards revenge and the reality that seeking it often brings about our destruction rather than our redemption.
The plot follows Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, as he returns to nineteenth-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of a new ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!
Dan Tate will be returning to the OPPA! team as the director for this production. He recently directed the highly successful “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Joining him on the production team are Brayden Weidman as stage manager, Brandon Stauffer as set designer, and Amanda Larsen as costume designer
“I can’t wait to bring this classic story to our stage,” Tate said. “People can’t help but be affected by the poignant story and compelling message.”
Auditions are Thursday, Sept. 19th from 6–9 p.m. at On Pitch Performing Arts, 587 N. Main Street in Layton, Utah. Callbacks will be by invitation on Saturday, Sept. 21st.