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Class Act Performing Arts Studio presents 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at SOPAC

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Ben Errig (Summit, NJ) as Sweeney Todd Credits: photo by Elizabeth Eckert-Ross of Faux Reel Studios, graphic design by Heather Hern of PopShop Studio
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featured cast from left to right: Valeria Flores, Alex Iozzio, Jessica Feit, Kyra Paternoster, Maddie Weisbach, Lily Hearne, Vanessa Kariotis, Amil Simmons, Olive Kern-Kensler Credits: photos by Elizabeth Eckert-Ross of Faux Reel Studios, graphic design by Heather Kern of PopShop Studio
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Class Act Performing Arts Studio’s senior Musical Theatre Company members will perform “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on Thursday, May 10 , through Sunday, May 13, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

Set in 19th-century London, this thrilling musical tells the story of barber Benjamin Barker, now known by his alias, Sweeney Todd, and his plot to seek revenge on the judge who exiled him for 15 years. When bloodthirsty Sweeney joins forces with failing pie shop proprietress, Mrs. Lovett, the two introduce a new, ingredient to Lovett’s meat pies that sends the people of London straight to the shop — and new victims to Sweeney’s barber chair.

Class Acts Performing Arts Studio’s executive producer and founding director, Page O’Connor, says, “Come see why “Sweeney Todd” is deemed a true musical thriller and is frequently mentioned as Sondheim’s most perfect score.  I could not be more proud of these very talented kids for taking on such a difficult and mature production.  They really do ‘kill’ it!”

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Sweeney Todd features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd starred Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Directed by John Wagner, musically directed by Christian Duhamel and assistant directed and choreographed by Kaela O’Connor.

Performance schedule: 

Thursday, May 10 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes plus intermission

Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets $15-30, Student tickets at box office: $10

Box Office: 973-313-2787

www.sopacnow.org/sweeney-todd

1 Sopac Way, South Orange

The cast features:

From Maplewood: Meghan Hoey (Mrs. Lovett), Franca Rosenblatt (Pirelli), Jake Slade (Beadle Bamford), Kara Handelman (Beggar Woman), Emily Sasfai (Young Lucy), Sydney Schenker

From South Orange: Joshua Bradley (Jonas Fogg), Lily Lindstrom, Jenna Weisbach

From Summit:  Ben Errig (Sweeney Todd), Theo Errig (Tobias Ragg)

From Madison:  Molly McCarthy (Johanna), Jaron Cole (Anthony Hope), Alex Mroczko, Anna McCarthy

From Vauxhall:  Sage Brody

From Springfield: Paola Navarro

From Nutley: Alvaro Flores

Class Act’s Junior Musical Theatre Company members will perform "Seussical." a family-friendly show with a large cast, upbeat music, and dance numbers. "Seussical" is a musical that will transport you into the world of Dr. Seuss!  The colorful characters including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Amayzing Mayzie, and of course, the mischievous Cat in The Hat, take the audience on a journey from the Jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos.

Performance schedule:

Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m.

For tickets:

Box Office: 973-313-2787

www.sopacnow.org/seussical

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