Auburn Community Players is taking the scary campfire story to a new level this summer. The young adult troupe will stage Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Auburn High School Auditorium July 29-30 at 7:30pm.

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, for its Broadway premiere.

Better known for previous performances such as You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Schoolhouse Rock: Live, and last summer’s Shrek: The Musical, the ACP group felt the time was right for something different and maybe a little edgy. While this version of Sweeney has been adapted for teen and young adult performers, director Kevin McGerigle advises, “This is a PG-13 production, for sure.”

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) crafted a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world. This special School Edition has been masterfully adapted, working directly with Mr. Sondheim, to retain the dark wit and grand scope of the original work, with a few lyric and key changes to facilitate high school productions. At the show’s core is a challenging score with two tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice, Mrs. Lovett.

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the 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….

Directed by McGerigle, this staging is choreographed by Jackie Johnson, with Virginia Bailey serving as the music director. The rest of the cast is:

Sweeney Todd- Gary Swanson
Anthony Hope-Issac Swanson
Beggar Woman-Carol Allard Vancil
Mrs. Lovett- Kaitlyn Ekstrom
Judge Turpin-Nick Doig
The Beadle-Josh Raymond
Johanna-Kaara McHugh
Tobias Ragg-Derek Brigham
Pirelli-James Lamoureux
Ensemble: Libbey Stearns,Stephanie Bottali, Kat Maclnnes, Connor Munnis, Krissi Forgues, Rebecca Tartaglia, Jessica Baronas, Katie Lasley, Chris Sullivan, Brett Triggs, Mary LePage, James Joyce, Julia Joyce, Madison Poshkus, Alexandria Richards, Hadley Crane, Dakota Hinerth

Tickets are on sale now for $10, and can be purchased on the ACP website, www.auburncommunityplayers.com, or at the door. 

WHAT: ACP Presents Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
WHEN: July 29-30
TIME: 7:30pm
WHERE: Auburn High School Auditorium
99 Auburn St., Auburn, MA 01501
TICKETS: $10 available online www.auburncommunityplayers.com or at the door
NOTE: This show is PG-13, appropriate for teens and older.