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STORYBOOK'S TOP SECRET MUSICAL
PRESENTED ONSTAGE
Fundraiser event, in support of 
STORYBOOK THEATRE SUBSIDIZED PROGRAMMING

Each year StoryBook presents a top-secret musical event featuring many of Calgary's brightest and shining musical theatre stars.

 

Be part of the excitement and feel what it is like to sit down and have no idea what show you are seeing until the lights go down and the music begins. This night is a highlight of the Calgary musical theatre scene.​

 

Past shows have included:  Little Miss Sunshine, Titanic - The Musical, Assassins, The Secret Garden, In The Heights and Company

THIS SHOW IS RATED 12+ and Includes mature themes and language

ONLINE PROGRAM
SWEENEY TODD

book by HUGH WHEELER    

music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM

from an adaptation by CHRISTOPHER BOND 

SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

October 30th: SOLD OUT! November 1st: Encore Performance

rated PG | 12+

running time:  Two act musical, approx. 165 mins

The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production or distributing recordings on any medium, including the Internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author’s rights and actionable under copyright law. 

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Production Photography by TIM NGUYEN

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SHOW SUMMARY

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony's, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

 

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth-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!

RATING: PG | 12+ 
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Video courtesy of the New York Philharmonic

Show Summary
CREATORS
Production Inclusion Statics

65.79% FEMALE/NON-BINARY
REPRESENTATION

34.21% MARGINALIZED REPRESENTATION

5.26% BIPOC
REPRESENTATION

31.58% LGBTQIA2S+
REPRESENTATION

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65.63% ON STAGE
66.67% OFFSTAGE

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28.13% ON STAGE
66.67% OFFSTAGE

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3.31% ON STAGE

16.67% OFFSTAGE

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25% ON STAGE
66.67% OFFSTAGE

ABOUT THE CREATORS 

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STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Stephen Sondheim was born in New York on 22 March 1930, and is widely acknowledged as the most innovative, influential, and important composer and lyricist in modern Broadway history.

For more than 50 years, Stephen Sondheim set an unsurpassed standard of brilliance and artistic integrity in the musical theatre. His work has become some of the most famed shows on Broadway. He wrote music and lyrics for “A Little Night Music,” “Into the Woods,” and “Sweeney Todd,” among many others. Sondheim won eight Tony Awards and eight Grammy Awards. In 2008, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award for his work. In 2015, President Barack Obama gave Sondheim the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His accolades included an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer) including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, multiple Grammy Awards, multiple Drama Desk awards, and a Pulitzer Prize.

On November 26, 2021, Stephen Sondheim passed away from cardiovascular disease. He was 91 years old. Today, people remember Sondheim as one of the greatest composers and lyricists in musical theater history.

Courtesy of The Stephen Sondheim Society

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HUGH WHEELER

Hugh Wheeler was one of the most unique playwrights of all time, including a novelist and screenwriter. He was innovative in his storytelling skills and could challenge the most prolific writer.

 

In his life, he wrote numerous plays and over 30 mystery novels under three different pseudonyms. However, his award-winning works included the plays Sweeney Todd, Candide, and A Little Night Music. For films, he wrote the screenplays for Travels with My Aunt, Something for Everyone, A Little Night Music, and Nijinsky. His plays include Big Fish, Little Fish (1961), Look: We've Come Through (1961) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1966, adapted from the Shirley Jackson novel), he wrote the books A Little Night Music (1973), a new production of Candide (1973), Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979, based on a version of the play by Christopher Bond). He received Tony and Drama Desk Awards for A Little Night Music, Candide, and Sweeney Todd.

 

Prior to his death in 1987, Mr. Wheeler was working on two new musicals, Bodo and Fu Manchu, and a new adaptation of

The Merry Widow.

Courtesy of Writers Theatre

Inclusion
SONG LIST

SONG LIST

Act I

  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd – Sweeney Todd, Ensemble

  • No Place Like London – Sweeney Todd, Anthony Hope

  • Beggar Woman’s Lament – Beggar Woman

  • Barber and His Wife Sweeney Todd

  • The Worst Pies in London – Mrs. Lovett

  • Poor Thing (Barber and His Wife Reprise) 
    - Mrs. Lovett

  • My Friends – Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett

  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise) 
    Ensemble

  • Green Finch and Linnet Bird – Johanna

  • Ah, Miss – Anthony Hope

  • Beggar Woman’s Lament (Reprise) –
    Beggar Woman

  • Johanna – Anthony Hope

  • Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir Tobias Ragg, Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett, Ensemble

  • The Contest Adolfo Pirelli

  • Johanna – Judge Turpin

  • Wait – Mrs. Lovett

  • Kiss Me – Johanna, Anthony Hope

  • Ladies in Their Sensitivities – Beadle Bamford

  • Kiss Me – Johanna, Anthony Hope, Beadle Bamford, Judge Turpin

  • The Contest (Reprise) – Adolfo Pirelli

  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise)
    - Ensemble

  • Pretty Women – Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin, Anthony Hope

  • Epiphany – Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett

  • A Little Priest – Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett

Act II

  • God, That’s Good! – Tobias Ragg, Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd, Beggar Woman, Ensemble

  • Johanna – Anthony Hope, Sweeney Todd, Johanna, Beggar Woman

  • By the Sea Mrs. Lovett

  • Wigmaker Sequence – Sweeney Todd, Anthony Hope

  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd  Ensemble

  • Wigmaker Sequence (Reprise)  Sweeney Todd, Anthony

  • The Letter – Sweeney Todd, Quintet

  • Not While I’m Around – Tobias Ragg,
    Mrs. Lovett

  • Sweet Polly Plunklet  Beadle Bamford

  • Tower of Bray – Mrs. Lovett, Beadle Bamford, and Tobias Ragg

  • Sweet Polly Plunket (Reprise)  Mrs. Lovett

  • City on Fire – Ensemble, Johanna, Anthony

  • Searching Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd

  • Ah, Miss (Reprise)  Anthony Hope, Johanna

  • Beggar Woman’s Lullaby  Beggar Woman

  • Final SequenceMrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin

  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd – Full Company

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THE COMPANY

THE CAST

SWEENEY TODD JP Thibodeau

MRS LOVETT Cassie Doane

JOHANNA Katie McMillan

ANTONY Ryan Maschke

TURPIN Mike Sornberger

BEADLE Joel Schaefer

LUCY Jackie Thurber

TOBY Evan Forbes

PIRELLI Nic Chamberlain

ENSEMBLE Kayla Coolen, Ainsley Soutiere, Sarah Irwin, Shayla Fiveland, Tara Marlena Laberge, Sarah Haggeman, Andrea Page, Selena Fisher, Malissa Rush, Jacqueline Moran Strilchuk, Anne Roggensack, Cristina Lanz, Alisha Brown, Amanda-Rae Cross, Erin Navarro, Maggie Myles, and Tanis Laatsch, Mitch Lukinuk,  Bruce Fraser, Jaime Cesar, Thomas Zima,

Tomas Grahame

THE CREW

CO-DIRECTOR & ARTISTIC PRODUCER JP Thibodeau

CO-DIRECTOR Valerie Ann Pearson

STAGE MANAGER Cale Thompson

MUSICAL DIRECTOR Joe Slabe

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Jayden Durksen

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Niamh McCallion

CHOREOGRAPHER ​Jackie Thurber

LIGHTING DESIGNER Ben Childs

SOUND DESIGNER Ross Wilson

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE Nikolas Bishop

THEATRE SCHOOL COORDINATOR Cristina Lanz

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Eva Stieber

BOX OFFICE MANAGER Tanecia Cromwell

GRAPHIC DESIGN & MARKETING ​Jennifer Merio

GRAPHIC DESIGN & MARKETING INTERN Emma Luit

Company
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Production Photography by TIM NGUYEN

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