Pres­i­dent Hig­gins sur­prise guest at launch of Sweeney Todd

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

HIT mu­si­cal Sweeney Todd, The De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street, was launched in Clay­ton Whites Ho­tel on Satur­day night.

The award-win­ning mu­si­cal will be brought to life by the Wex­ford Light Opera So­ci­ety (WLOS) at the Na­tional Opera House for six nights from Mon­day, April 30 un­til Satur­day, May 5 at 8 p.m. nightly.

Spe­cial guest on the night was Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins who was in Wex­ford in ad­vance of the Red­mond 100 cel­e­bra­tions.

Pat Lawlor of WLOS said they were de­lighted when they heard Pres­i­dent Hig­gins would at­tend the launch.

‘It was very un­ex­pected but it was fan­tas­tic. We didn’t know un­til that evening that he was go­ing to at­tend so it was a su­per sur­prise for the mem­bers. The young­sters, in par­tic­u­lar, were de­lighted to see him. Pres­i­dent Hig­gins was like a pop star go­ing around and ev­ery­one wanted to get a pic­ture with him. He was very gen­er­ous with his time and spoke to the mem­bers and the staff and posed for lots of pho­tographs. It gave the whole launch an ex­tra buzz.’

Pat said that ticket sales for the show are very brisk.

The show was launched by Sean Meyler who said months of re­hearsals had gone into the forth­com­ing pro­duc­tion which fea­tures a fan­tas­tic cast and cho­rus.

The mu­si­cal thriller by Stephen Sond­heim is be­ing brought to the stage in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cut n Shave Bar­bers of Wex­ford,

The story re­volves around the evil Judge Turpin lusts for the beau­ti­ful wife of a Lon­don bar­ber and trans­ports him to Aus­tralia for a crime he did not com­mit. Re­turn­ing af­ter 15 years and call­ing him­self Sweeney Todd, the bar­ber vows re­venge, ap­ply­ing his ra­zor to un­lucky cus­tomers and shut­tling the bodies down to Mrs. Lovett, who uses them in her meat-pie shop. Though many fall to his blade, he will not be sat­is­fied un­til he slits Turpin’s throat.

The show has won many Tony and West End The­atre Awards and was made into an Os­car win­ning move a few years ago star­ring Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd.

In the WLOS pro­duc­tion Sweeney Todd is played by Tony Carty while Cather­ine Walsh takes on the role of Mrs Lovett. Bren­dan Long is An­thony Hope, Ciara Cul­li­nane is Joanna, John Cros­bie is Judge Turpin and Michael O’Gorman is To­bias.

Mick Far­rell will play Bea­dle Bam­ford and An­to­nia Close is the Beg­gar Woman. Pirelli will be played by Ge­orge Lawlor while Pat Lawlor will take on the role of Fogg.

The show has an amazing score and prom­ises to be a vis­ual and au­ral treat from the award win­ning mu­si­cal so­ci­ety and pro­duc­tion team lead by di­rec­tor Vi­vian Coates, mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, Fin­tan Cleary, cho­rus mis­tress, Eithne Cor­ri­gan, chore­og­ra­pher, Deb­bie Kier­nan, stage man­ager, Colin Mur­phy and wardrobe mis­tress, Anne Reck.

Book­ing for the show is now open and tickets range be­tween €22.50 and €25 with con­ces­sions for stu­dents and OAPs on open­ing night. The nightly spon­sors are: Bolands Mercedes, McCauleys Chemists, Clay­ton Whites Ho­tel, McDon­ald Solic­i­tors and Whit­ford House Ho­tel.

Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins at the launch of Wex­ford Light Opera So­ci­ety’s pro­duc­tion of ‘Sweeney Todd, The De­mon Bar­ber of Fleet Street’, with Ted Howlin, WLOS Pres­i­dent; Sean Meyler, who launched the show; Mar­ion Doyle; and Betty O’Brien.

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