SWEENEY TODD at The Encore Musical Theatre Company
The Encore Musical Theatre Company proudly presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, running September 28 - October 22, 2017, directed by Matthew Brennan and music directed by Tyler Driskill.
"Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd..." In the original story, a barber unjustly imprisoned by a corrupt judge, Sweeney returns to 19th century London after fifteen years to take his revenge on the man who took him from his wife and young daughter. Todd's need for vengeance becomes indiscriminately murderous (and profitable) when he partners with the unscrupulous Mrs. Lovett and opens his new barber practice above her failing meat pie shop. With his busy straight razors and her new secret ingredient, their fame grows until Todd comes face to face with the judge to avenge his family.
With The Encore's 10th Anniversary production, we bring you a new, immersive, unexpected retelling of this thrilling story, reset in a 1940's London factory. The usual seating has been split into three sections, two of which are where the stage usually is. The goal of this seating and set design for SWEENEY TODD is to create a captivating experience while never venturing into audience participation. The unconventional staging concept of the show go hand-in-hand with the set design and seating chart.
Sweeney Todd stars Wilde Award Winner David Moan as Sweeney Todd, and Wilde Awards Nominee Sarah Briggs as Mrs. Lovett. The cast also includes: Billy Eric Robinson, Keith Kalinowski, Sebastian Gerstner, Emily Hadick, Dan Johnson, Emily Rogers, Logan Balcom, Nick Casella, James Fischer, Leah Fox, Bryana Hall, Angela Hench, Marlene Inman, Michael Jones, Chris Joseph, Gayle Martin, Dan Morrison, and Alexandra Reynolds.
The Encore Musical Theatre Company recently earned severAl Wilde Award Nominations (including Best Musical) for Assassins, nabbing 3 wins going to David Moan (Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), Tyler Driskill (Best Music Direction), and Tyler Chinn (Best Lighting) - all of whom will be participating in this production of Sweeney Todd, with the entire creative team, and the majority of the cast returning as well.
What: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
When: September 28 - October 22, 2017
Venue: The Encore Musical Theatre
3126 Broad Street, Dexter, MI 48130
"Sweeney Todd" opens Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM with a performance followed by an opening night reception at Terry B's Restaurant in Dexter - tickets: Adults $35; $33 Seniors, Encore 100 Member; $31 Groups of 10 or more or Children under 17.
Sweeney Todd: David Moan
Mrs. Lovett: Sarah Briggs
Toby: Billy Eric Robinson
Judge Turpin: Keith Kalinowski
Anthony: Sebastian Gerstner
Johanna: Emily Hadick
The Beadle: Dan Johnson
Beggar Woman: Emily Rogers
Director/Choreographer: Matthew Brennan
Music Director: Tyler Driskill
Stage Manager: Sera Shearer
Asst. Director: James Fischer
Set Design: Matthew Brennan
Scenic Artist: Sarah Tanner
Lighting Design: Tyler Chinn
Costume Design: Sharon Larkey Urick
Properties Design: Anne Donevan
Production Coordinator: Jenna Brand
Sound Design: Chris Goosman
About DAVID MOAN (Sweeney Todd) Originally from Pittsburgh, David has been performing throughout South-East Michigan, much of the mid-west, and even Austria since receiving his B.A. in Vocal Performance from Manchester University. David got his start in Detroit with the Michigan Opera Theater, most notably as Edward G. Robinson and a Calaveras in their touring production of Frida and as St. Brioche in The Merry Widow, but quickly moved on to find success at other local theaters including as Cinderella's Prince/The Wolf/Florinda in the Ringwald's Into the Woods, and his Wilde Award Nominated performances as Ash in Evil Dead: The Musical (3 seasons) and Bob Morton/Emil in (2 seasons) both at the City Theater. Most recently at The Encore, David has been seen as the lusty Lancelot in Camelot and his Wilde Award winning performance as John Wilkes Booth in Sondheim's Assassins.
SARAH BRIGGS (Mrs. Lovett) is returning to The Encore after playing Roz in 9 to 5 earlier this summer. Recent credits include Into the Wild (Billie McCandless), The Full Monty (Vicki), and Assassins (Sara Jane Moore) with The Encore; and Sing Happy: The Musical of Kander and Ebb with Pennyseats Theater, Clara in Sugar Plum Panto with Theater Nova, Rosie the Riveter (Katherine *Wilde Award Nomination) and Beanstalk: The Musical! (Mama *Wilde Award Nomination) with Wild Swan Theater. She has toured extensively throughout Michigan with Wild Swan and Timeless Tales Theater, bringing shows such shows as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Snow White), and Under the African Sky (Spider, Sky God, Hippo) to children of all ages. Past credits include Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa) and Rusalka (Rusalka) with Hawaii Opera Theater and Opera Express.
MATTHEW BRENNAN (Director/Choreographer/Set Design) is returning to Encore after choreographing this springs production of Camelot. Although based in Louisville, KY Dexter has certainly become home away from home. Matthew directed and choreographed last years Assassins (Wilde award nomination best musical) and The Full Monty and has choreographed numerous Encore productions including My Fair Lady, Sondheim on Sondheim, Bonnie and Clyde, Into the Woods, South Pacific and Spamalot (Wilde award nomination: Best Choreography). Matthew also directs, choreographs and performs regularly with Derby Dinner Playhouse and Stage One Family Theatre in Louisville. As always massive love to the entire Encore family and an extra special thank you to Dan and Anne for allowing him to live more childhood dreams with this production!
TYLER DRISKILL (Music Director) is an accompanist for the U-M Musical Theatre and Dance departments. Recent music direction credits include Into the Woods (Wilde Award for Best Music Direction), My Fair Lady (directed by Tony Walton), Into the Wild (Developmental Premiere), Assassins (Wilde Award for Best Musical Direction), Sondheim on Sondheim, Camelot, and An Evening with Jeremy Jordan for the Encore Musical Theatre Company. He has also music directed productions for Tipping Point Theatre and the Dio Theatre. This past October, Tyler joined vocalist Brad McNett in a performance of jazz standards at the Metropolitan Room in New York City.