February 15-24, 2013
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and libretto by Hugh Wheeler, the production tells the story of Benjamin Barker, who was wrongly convicted and banished to Australia. When he returns to England, he is Sweeney Todd, the demon barber seeking vengeance for his dead wife and lost daughter.
The story, says director Steve Ray, "strikes at the heart of something that is true about human nature, how our desire for power or revenge can poison and destroy us."
The UTC production will be "high spectacle, but with a twist, as if a fancy Victorian aesthetic meets Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty," he says. "It will be confrontational, beautiful and, hopefully, cathartic."
The cast of singers and actors has been drawn from both the Music Department and Theatre Department. The Music Department also is providing the orchestra, and the Theatre Department is in charge of design elements.