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Sweeney Todd seeks revenge on Burtness stage

UND Theatre tells the tale of Sweeney Todd, a London barber hungry for revenge

Photo courtesy of UND Theatre.

If you go: 
Nov. 14-16 and 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. at Burtness Theatre.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, the infamous tale of Sweeney Todd comes to life on the Burtness Theatre stage.

Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th-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 an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up … and the carnage has only just begun!

Guest director

The show features a guest director, Egla Birmingham Hassan, an accomplished director and professor of theatre whose 32-year career at Western Illinois University includes heading the MFA program in directing, and helping young theatre artists to find their own voice.

Hassan is now retired from teaching and is a freelance director who still looks for opportunities to tell stories that gives audiences a look at our world, and sometimes, a mandate (or a suggestion) to make it better.

Ticket information

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $13 for students with ID. Contact the box office at burtness.und.edu, or Burtness Theatre Lobby 3-6 p.m. daily and 3-7:30 p.m. day of show, (701)777-2587

You can also purchase a “Season Series” and enjoy all shows at a discounted rate.

Production Information

Director: Egla Hassan (Guest Artist)
Scenic and Lighting Design: Brad Reissig
Costume Design: Camilla Morrison
Sound Design: Tyler Smith
Technical Director: Ree Seminole

Cast

Sweeney Todd: Tanner Sabol
Mrs. Lovett: Katie Germain
Anthony: Robert Cooper
Johanna: Erin Chaves
Tobias: Kyle Mason
Pirelli: Gina Uhlir
Judge Turpin: Cole Bakke
Beadle: Chris Schilling
Chorus: Daniel Jung, Tyler Hebert, Dylan Merrit, Tanner Hostetter, Xana Small, Otto Lieder, Piper Sommer, Trece Hopp, Amy Driscoll, Grant Maychrzak, Matt Stavens, Sarah Suchoski, Emily Cherry

Production Staff

Stage Manager: Elise Christy
Asst. Stage Mgr: Xana Small
Properties: Zoë Ramsay
Asst Properties: Lauren Nelson, Cassandra Taggert
Costume Shop Mgr: Amy Sanner
Costume Shop Assts: Shelby Hazel, Carolyn Kelly, Destiny Koskela, Meghan McNeil,
Wardrobe Supervisor: Shelby Hazel
Dresser: Dominick Alcantar-Sanchez, Mariah Herring, Kyla Pearson, Otis Weah
Scenic Painter: Kristina Swendseid
Scene Shop Assts: Christian Chederquist, Autumn Horton, Cassandra Taggert
Stagehands: Keenen Berning, Dyaln LaFerriere, Alexis Loomer, Harris Maclean, Nolan Thompson, Thomas Watt
Master Electrician: Autumn Horton
Lighting Crew: Mohammed Boukhsheem, Skylar Bright, Madi Gilbertson, Rudy Juarez, Adam King, Cole Labatt, Luke Loring, Magdalena Mills, Preston Roumbanis, Lauren Schoenfelder, Alex Tangren, Macie Weiner
Light Board Operator: Gabriel Curnitt
Sound Board Operator: Ryan Babbit
House Mgr: Randi O’Hotto
Publicity Design: Brad Reissig