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Sweeney Todd: Demon barber musical comes to Wolfville stage

Side by Side Productions (Halifax) and The Wolfville Theatre Collective are excited to bring their version of Sweeney Todd to the Wolfville stage.
Side by Side Productions (Halifax) and The Wolfville Theatre Collective are excited to bring their version of Sweeney Todd to the Wolfville stage. - Contributed

Story by Mike Butler

WOLFVILLE -- September in Wolfville is a crazy time. Students are returning, Deep Roots is tuning up for audiences and the town is buzzing with the last bits of tourist season.

It’s a perfect time to take a break and enjoy a show and why not take in the Valley premiere of the classic musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

After years of demand from valley audiences, Side by Side Productions (Halifax) and The Wolfville Theatre Collective have joined up to bring all the devilishly pining fans of this musical a real treat of a show. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street comes to the Al Whittle Theatre in September and it’s going to be a cut above the rest!

Sweeney Todd first premiered on Broadway with Angela Lansbury in 1979 and it blew audiences away with it’s unique take on horror, music and dark humour. The Stephen Sondheim musical thriller went on to win 8 Tony awards including Best Musical and hasn’t stopped captivating audiences wherever it runs.

The fictional tale of love and revenge with razors and pies was turned into a Golden Globe and Academy Award winning film starring Johnny Depp, bringing a new audience to this fantastic piece.

Now, Side by Side Productions (Halifax) and The Wolfville Theatre Collective are excited to bring their version to the stage here in Wolfville, for a premiere gathering.

Directors Thea Burton and Becca Guilderson have assembled a stellar cast and crew of local actors and technical gurus to bring this vast show to the stage. You will not be disappointed! Come to the Al Whittle Theatre and have a visit with Sweeney Todd... if you dare!

Many familiar faces including, Steve Roe, Alan Slipp, Erin Gaudet, Justin Brown, Thea Burton and Scott Mackinnon take on some challenging music and characters and even Wolfville Theatre Collective regulars Paul Abela, Mike Dennis and Lizon Richard have found a spot in the cast!

With the support of local businesses and theatres like Country Barn Antiques and CentreStage, Sweeney Todd has been well assisted and just needs an audience thirsty for a bloody good time!

Performances of Sweeney Todd are Thursday September 13th to Saturday September 15, evenings at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. And there’s also ONE matinee performance on Saturday September 15th at 2 pm (doors open at 1:30).

Tickets are available at The Box of Delights Bookshop, at the door or www.eventbrite.ca and you better get yours fast! Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students.

Something special to note: There is a Pay What You Can Preview Performance of Sweeney Todd on Wednesday September 12 with first come first serve entry.

This macabre musical classic is sure to have audiences singing, laughing, and thinking twice about their next close shave!

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