Sweeney Todd

October/November 2018

October 26, 27; November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17
Fri/Sat @ 8:15pm | Sun @ 2:00pm

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Craig Pettinati
Music Direction by Stuart Y. Weich

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 a new ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Sweeney Todd!

“…a production featuring a number of fresh performers who feel primed to command any equity stage they choose.”

“Dettmar’s vocal talent is the secret ingredient that adds delicious flavor to the role [of Sweeney Todd].”

“[Emily] Lawrence should be listed on every young performers to watch list in the area.”

Read the full BROADWAY WORLD review

Kensington Town Hall / Armory
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895

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Jim Adams (Judge Turpin) is making his debut with KAT and is thrilled to join such a fine cast and company. Jim first met director Craig when he joined the cast of The Fantasticks with SSTG, which was more than 20 years ago. Jim is usually seen on the boards in Prince George’s County, close to his home in Greenbelt. Favorite roles have included Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, VP Panch in 25th Annual PCSB, Brian in Avenue Q, Karl Linder in Clybourne Park and Raisin in the Sun, Todd the Scottish hitman in Unnecessary Farce and The King in Joseph ATATD. He thanks everyone who’s given him their love and patience over these past few weeks.
Brittney Bartlett (Beggar Woman/Pirelli) is thrilled to be to be making her debut at KAT while playing one of her bucket-list roles in Sweeney Todd. Brittney has been acting for ten years with companies including The Fredericktowne Players, Being Revived and Old Opera House. Favorite shows include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti), Nunsense (Sister Mary Leo), Crimes of the Heart (Babe Botrelle), and Grey Gardens (Little Edie). Brittney would like to thank family and friends for supporting her love of theatre and her fellow cast and crew members for making a wonderful show and experience.
Simone Brown (Johanna) is a Maryland native and a recent graduate of Peabody with a Master of Music studying with Denyce Graves. She graduated magna cum laude from Xavier U of Louisiana. Recently she had the opportunity to sing Monica with Bel Cantanti Opera Company’s production of The Medium. Simone performed the role of Frasquita in a concert version of Carmen with Opus Concert Theater and also at the Italian Embassy with Maryland Lyric Opera. This summer, Simone sang Pamina in the Chicago Summer Opera production of Die Zauberflöte and is looking forward to singing Johanna!
Brian Dauglash (Anthony Hope) returns to KAT after performing in Priscilla Queen of the Desert this past spring. Memorable credits include Donkey (Shrek; Berkeley Playhouse), Gabe (Next to Normal; Pinole Players), Roger (RENT; Little Theater), Chow (Flower Drum Song; Woodminster Amphitheater), and Leo (Ivy & Bean; Bay Area Children’s Theater).
Hans Dettmar (Sweeney Todd) is thrilled to be portraying Sweeney in his KAT debut. Most recently he was seen as Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (LTA). Other recent roles include Sir Robin in SPAMALOT (RMT), Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (TAP) and Various in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (LTA). As always, thanks to his best friend, Marianne.
Christopher Gillespie (Beadle Bamford) is excited to return to KAT having performed in Bridges, The Addams Family, and Spring Awakening. Other credits - CTC: The Skin of Our Teeth; NextStop: Urinetown; Keegan: Bridges, Parade, Cabaret, A Man of No Importance; ACT: The Robber Bridegroom; LTC: Devil Boys from Beyond; RDT: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; LTA: Sweeney Todd. WATCH Award nominations for Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless! and Eddie in Patent Leather Shoes at DS. He teaches Theatre Arts at Wakefield HS in Arlington, VA and has a BS in Theater Ed (Wright State) and an MFA in Acting (Florida Atlantic). Thank you to Victor for your support.
Elizabeth Hester (Mrs. Lovett) is excited to be returning to KAT after playing Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County last fall! She was last seen playing the role of Francesca in Bridges with DTC and Olivia in Sex with Strangers with CP. Favorite credits include Shrek (Fiona), Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown), Camelot (Guinevere), A New Brain (Mimi Schwinn), South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), and LaChiusa’s The Wild Party (Mae). Education: The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and The Juilliard School.
Emily Lawrence (Tobias Ragg) is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She has been involved in theatrical productions and musical training since the age of 6, including multiple performances as a member of SMP. At the Conservatory, she appeared in The World We Live In (Felix, Ichneumon Fly, Moth), Prometheus Bound (Hephaistos, Calypso), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena). She thanks Craig, Stuart, everyone involved in Sweeney, and her family and friends for all their support!