Sweeney Todd will be presented by the Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5, in the Helen Foley Theater, located in the Binghamton High School, 31 Main Street, Binghamton.
Sweeney Todd is about Evil Judge Turpin, who lusts for the beautiful wife of a London barber and transports him to Australia for a crime he did not commit. Returning after 15 years and calling himself Sweeney Todd, the now-mad man vows revenge, applying his razor to unlucky customers and shuttling the bodies down to Mrs. Lovett, who uses them in her meat-pie shop. Though many fall to his blade, he will not be satisfied until he slits Turpin’s throat.
The Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop has touched the lives of hundreds of youth in Broome and Tioga counties since its inception in 1998. The three-week program for students, ages 12 through 18, enriches their lives through participation in an artistic process of the highest integrity. All students have the opportunity to participate in several aspects of the production. Professional artists provide vocal and acting lessons and coaching as related to the musical roles and focus on individual and group voice training, acting and improvisation classes, movement and dance classes, stagecraft experience, makeup and costumes. The workshop is directed and produced by the following outstanding professionals with notable accomplishments: program director Elaine Laramee, musical director Brenda Dawe, conductor Todd Robinson, director James Everett Lortz and costume designer Natalie Loveland.
Unfortunately, this will be the last show that the Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop will produce.
Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for students and are available at the door (cash or check only). This workshop is sponsored by SUNY Broome and Binghamton High School.
There will be a special recognition of alumni at the Saturday, Aug. 4, show at 7:30 p.m. for anyone who has performed with the Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop over its past 21-year history.