Sweeney Todd charms Giggleswick audiences

 

The dark world of Sweeney Todd - the demon barber of Fleet Street - hit the stage at Giggleswick School, playing to capacity audiences.

 

The four-night run at our state-of-the-art theatre was a sell-out for most of the performances.

 

The 70 young actors and singers plus those behind the scenes, all in Years 7 to U6, were guided through the challenging show by Head of Performing Arts, Gareth Warburton.

 

Lead parts in the Stephen Sondheim musical were taken by Nicholas Simper and Rebecca Ramalingam with supporting roles played by Jack Harrison, Martha Richmond and George Ogden. The story followed Sweeney Todd, who murdered his clients before sending the bodies down a chute to be made into pies by Mrs Lovett.

 

A grisly tale, the musical features complex songs which were executed confidently by all the characters to the accompaniment of the school orchestra under the baton of Director of Music, Margie Simper.

 

Headmaster, Mark Turnbull, said: “Sweeney Todd was a great success and full of acting and musical talent of the highest standard. I am full of admiration for all our performing arts pupils and the staff involved in what was an ambitious production. They pulled it off to critical acclaim and everyone who saw the show was fully absorbed in what was a clever and enjoyable evening at the theatre. We could not be happier to see that the local theatre critic believed Sweeney Todd to be worthy of the West End, with the orchestra described as ‘outstanding’, the singing ‘superb throughout’ and the audience ‘understandably forgot they were watching an amateur cast’.”