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Ohlone College Celebrates the Return of SummerFest with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Press Release, Office of College Advancement

Fremont, CA—Vengeance fills the air with the return of Ohlone College’s SummerFest this year. Travel to the gritty streets of Victorian London to witness the ultimate tale of murder for profit as the brooding and bitter Sweeney Todd sharpens his razor and awaits his revenge. Live orchestra, excellent vocals and acting, and a twist of dark comedy, do more than justice to Sondheim’s music and Wheeler’s words. Under the direction of Ryan Weible, the tale unfolds on an outdoor stage under the stars, in the Smith Center Amphitheatre at Ohlone College.

Scene from Sweeney Todd.

The infamous tale of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the story of an unjustly exiled barber’s vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. On his way to seeking revenge, Todd meets Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barbershop. 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… the carnage has only just begun!

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony Award's – for Best Musical and Best Original Score. In 2007, a film adaptation by Tim Burton was released starring Johnny Depp, slashing the production’s way across entertainment genres.

Director Weible says, "Audiences are in for a rare theatrical treat where they will be transported to 1846 London in this environmental production of Sweeney Todd. Filled with spectacle, stunning lighting and scenery, thrilling stage effects, gorgeous singing, great humor, a splash of horror, and cast of crazy characters out for revenge and in pursuit of love and happiness, it is guaranteed to be a evening not soon forgotten."

Catch the tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat that is Sweeney Todd with the return of SummerFest on the outdoor stage, and under the stars. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.smithcenter.com.

Event:

  • SummerFest 2014
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
    Book by Hugh Wheeler
    Directed by Ryan Weible
  • July 11-12, 17-19*, 24-26, 8:15pm
  • *ASL Interpreted July 17
  • Tickets:
    • $20 General Admission
    • $18 Senior
    • $15 Student
  • $2 Event Parking
  • Under the stars in the
    Smith Center Amphitheatre at Ohlone College
    43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont
  • Box Office: (510) 659-6031
  • Online Tickets: www.smithcenter.com

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