Director Pat Ribar knew if he wanted to pull off a musical with an edge, this was the year to do it.
And when the curtain dropped on the final performance of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” Saturday night, he was sure of it.
“This class is very special,” he said Monday. “ It is the only group of students I have ever worked with that could have pulled this show off.
“And they did it very well.”
The cast was anchored by David Beran in the title role and Grace Kimnach as Mrs. Lovett, a pie maker who helps Todd exact his revenge.
Mati Phelps plays Todd’s daughter Johanna, another key figure in the play. Logan Langholdt plays Todd’s enemy, Judge Turpin.
Cody Jackson played Anthony Hope, Johanna’s love interest, and Trace Mannewitz played The Beadle, Judge Turpin’s henchman. Lindsey LaMountain and Jessica Weishahn shared the role of Todd’s wife Lucy and the Beggar Woman.
Andrew Hayworth played Tobias Ragg and Luke Beran played Pirelli. Simon Gissler played Jonas Fogg.
“Everyone in this group has a flair for theatrics that is beyond their years,” Ribar said.
The musical, which featured a large company as well, has a much darker tone than most performed at the high school level, dealing with rape, murder and cannibalism.
“The show was very good in my humble opinion,” Ribar said. “ I am very glad we did the production. The students performed at a very high level.”
Don’t look for something similar next year, however.
“Next year we are planning on something completely different,” Ribar said. “‘School House Rock’ perhaps.”