A musical production not often done by high schools was selected for this year’s 73rd annual ACHS Operetta because there is a strong group of actor-singers who can handle the complexities of the score for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (School Edition).”
“This Stephen Sondheim piece is one that I have always wanted to do,” said Justin Pomietlarz, director of choral activities and operetta director. “It is complex in its characters, music, and orchestration, yet tells a witty and poignant story about the complexities of human nature – love, revenge, anger, and compassion.”
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Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the performance as well. Ticket prices are $12.50 for general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens. Through the online ticketing platform, the Amherst Operetta Association can accept donations as well as ticket purchases.
Though much of the piece is quite funny, the second act gets very dark as the principal character, Sweeney Todd, goes on a killing spree to seek revenge on the local Judge Turpin who at some previous point banished Todd from London and took in his daughter to raise as his own.
“It was chosen because there are a strong group of actor-singers who can handle the complexities of this score,” said Pomietlarz. “It’s also not frequently done by high schools as it poses many challenges musically and theatrically. However, we are blessed with a fantastic design team who can tackle these issues with creativity and artistry. It’s challenging, yet exciting music, and the kids are having a lot of fun.”
The Operetta poster was designed by ACHS sophomores Sage Sabatino and Chloe Camping with assistance from graphic designer Katherine Kuo who combined the work of both students.
The audience will be in-person, limited capacity and socially distanced. Performances will be Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 pm.