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THEATRE/Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Kirsten Obadal
By Kirsten Obadal
Posted on Aug 07,2012
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,
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Photos by Shane Canfield<br />Ben Ribler (Toby) and Ensemble
Photo by Shane Canfield
Ben Ribler (Toby) and Ensemble

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The opening night audience at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is a critical and discerning group of theater-goers.

So it was good evidence of the success of the production of Sweeney Todd when the audience interrupted the musical several times with applause and gave it a prolonged standing ovation at the end.

Photo by Shane Canfield<br />Roxanne Scher (Joanna)<br />
Photo by Shane Canfield
Roxanne Scher (Joanna)

Written by Hugh Wheeler, with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, the show is based on a British fable of the 19th Century.  

The story grew into a legend and various versions of the story were staged in London in subsequent years.  

The story is about a barber who has been wronged by a wealthy judge.  The judge steals his wife and baby daughter, and casts him into exile.  The barber later returns with murder on his mind: instead of shaving his customers, he slits their throats.  The unwitting and now dead customers are then ground up and baked into Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies.  The killing doesn’t stop until a tragic end.

In the title role of Sweeney Todd is Harv Lester.  Lester has experience performing for community theater and has been on the LTA Stage before.  

He renders a strong performance and has a good singing voice.  Also strong in the female lead role as Mrs. Lovett is Jennifer Lyons Pagnard.  She has numerous theater credits to her name and has also performed with the US Air Force’s Singing Sergeants.

Photo by Shane Canfield<br />Roxanne Scher (Joanna), Will Hawkins (Anthony), Mike McAdoo (Ensemble), Harv Lester (Sweeney Todd)
Photo by Shane Canfield
Roxanne Scher (Joanna), Will Hawkins
(Anthony), Mike McAdoo (Ensemble),
Harv Lester (Sweeney Todd)

The stage came alive with a double rotating set.  Authentic Victorian costumes were designed by Kit Sibley and Jean Schlichting, who are both LTA veterans with numerous credits o their names.  

A nine piece orchestra, hidden backstage, supported the singers onstage.  

All of this effort in production is testament to the fact thtat the Little theatre never does anything halfway.  This particular show is highly recommended.  Sweeney Todd runs until August 18,

Tickets may be purchased online at www.thelittletheatre.com.

Photo by Shane Canfield<br />Will Hawkins (Anthony) and Sharon Grant (Beggar Woman)
Photo by Shane Canfield
Will Hawkins (Anthony) and Sharon Grant (Beggar Woman)
Photo by Shane Canfield<br />Zachary Frank (Pirelli) and Mike McAdoo (Customer)
Photo by Shane Canfield
Zachary Frank (Pirelli) and Mike McAdoo (Customer)
Photo by Shane Canfield<br />Harv Lester (Sweeney Todd) and Jennifer Pagnard (Mrs. Lovett)
Photo by Shane Canfield
Harv Lester (Sweeney Todd) and Jennifer Pagnard (Mrs. Lovett)
Photo by Shane Canfield<br />Jennifer Pagnard (Mrs. Lovett) with Pie Shop Cast
Photo by Shane Canfield
Jennifer Pagnard (Mrs. Lovett) with Pie Shop Cast
Photo by Shane Canfield<br />Chris Gillespie (Judge Turpin) and Harv Lester (Sweeney Todd)
Photo by Shane Canfield
Chris Gillespie (Judge Turpin) and Harv Lester (Sweeney Todd)




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