Area Stage Company to present Sweeney Todd, opening Aug. 1

CaptureArea Stage Company has announced its conservatory’s fifth anniversary with the theatrical performance of Stephen Sondheim’s hit Broadway adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street directed by multiple Carbonell Award-winner John Rodaz.

Area Stage Company, located at 1560 S. Dixie Hwy. in Coral Gables, is a professional non-profit organization and is a favorite local destination to experience inspiring and commanding performances of refreshing new American theater talent and play.

Sweeney Todd is a dark and humorous musical. The play runs Aug. 1- 16 for seven performances.

The infamous Victorian tale chronicles the return of the unjustly exiled barber Sweeney Todd to 19th Century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife.

The operetta written by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler chronicles Todd’s road to revenge which leads him 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.

Performances begin Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 and $20, with students at $10. Call 305-666-2078 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays, for information.

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