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New Trier to Perform "Sweeney Todd"

New Trier High School will perform Sondheim's 'comedy thriller' with two casts.

New Trier High School will perform Stephen Sondheim's famed dark comedy "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" as their spring musical on March 7 — March 9. 

"It's been described as a musical thriller and that's what Sondheim titled it," said David Ludd, the musical's director. "But the best way to describe it is it's a 'tragic comedy' — it's a fusion of both the tragic and comic, which clouds the preodminate viewpoint of the audience. They don't know how to think or respond — sometimes they're laughing, sometimes they're really sad." 

The story follows a barber who returns to the town where he was falsely convicted of a crime. He decides to get revenge by opening his own gruesome barber shop, and a dark comedy ensues. 

Due to the high number of interested students, the show will be performed with two casts, with one in the Thursday and Saturday show and the other cast in the Friday and Sunday shows. 

"We have a lot of students at New Trier that are talented and want to participate — so we try to maximize how many students can particpate by creating two casts," Ludd said. 

The rehearsals often overlap, with one cast rehearsing a musical number for an hour and a half, and then teaching it to the other cast. The two separate casts have two technical rehearsals (with sounds and lights), two dress rehearsals and two performances each. 

Tickets are available online at http://seatyourself.biz/newtrier or at the door for $12. 

The Cast, Crew and Orchestra List

Thursday/Saturday cast

Joe Agase

Hannah Altman

Zoe Armiros

Kevin Blair

John Burns

Courtney Cardin

Tommy Clabby

Jane Dickerson

Dylan Fox

Danielle Fraser

Abby Glickman

Audrey Gomez

Margaret Hall

Madeline Harbaugh

Emma Horvath

Gabby Jones

Keegan Kelly

Megan Kennett

Mary Komlofske

Lori Kusatzky

John Larochelle

Zach Lobman

Jackie Majeski

Samantha Mandel

Krista Mersino

Andrew Mesrobian

Sarah McCausland

Jack McWilliams

Gregg Miller

Ian Mitchell

Laura Montenegro

Amanda Newmark

Emma Noyes

Abby Ortenberg

Josh Philoon

Brian Reedy

Chloe Siegel

Matt Smith

Daniel Song

Tatiana Tasiopoulos

Ken Townsend

Moe Weiner

Devin Whittington

Brad Wiedrich

Emma Wold

Anna Yabloch

 

Sweeney Todd........................................... John Burns

Anthony Hope............................... Andrew Mesrobian

Beggar Woman............................. Sarah McCausland

Mrs. Lovett ......................................... Jane Dickerson

Judge Turpin.......................................... Keegan Kelly

The Beadle...................................... Devin Whittington

Johanna................................................ Lori Kusatzky

Tobias Ragg............................................. Emma Wold

Pirelli..................................................... Brad Wiedrich

Lucy.................................................. Courtney Cardin

Benjamin Barker...................................... Daniel Song

Bird Seller................................................ Gabby Jones

Quintet........................... Chloe Siegel, Emma Horvath

                      Ian Mitchell, Ken Townsend, Zach Lobman

Jonas Fogg Josh Philoon

 

Friday/Sunday Cast

Joe Agase

Abby Albrecht

Zoe Armiros

Emily Ashenden

Cate Baskin

Kevin Blair

Julia Bogen

Maude Brown

Paige Campbell

Tommy Clabby

Delphine Dall’Agata

Esther Fishbein

Rachel Fisher

Sabrina Fosse

Katie Gotta

Barbara Harvey

Catherine Heath

Carolyn Kaiser

Keegan Kelly

Hailey Kline

John Larochelle

Zach Lobman

Jack McWilliams

Dina Menegas

Gregg Miller

Ian Mitchell

Danielle Newmark

Patrick O’Connor

Allie Pappas

Josh Philoon

Mel Racenstein

Brian Reedy

Makaila Rosin

Cari Schuette

Billy Sefton

Katy Shelman

Matt Smith

Daniel Song

Michelle Sroussi

Lilah Taber

Laura Tatgenhorst

Ken Townsend

Lindsey Vorhees

Stephanie Wert

Devin Whittington

Brad Wiedrich

Elizabeth Woodburn

 

Sweeney Todd................................. Patrick O’Connor

Anthony Hope.......................................... Billy Sefton

Beggar Woman..................................... Sabrina Fosse

Mrs. Lovett ........................................... Dina Menegas

Judge Turpin............................................. Matt Smith

The Beadle.......................................... Tommy Clabby

Johanna.......................................... Danielle Newmark

Tobias Ragg...................................... Emily Ashenden

Pirelli............................................................ Joe Agase

Lucy......................................................... Allie Pappas

Benjamin Barker...................................... Daniel Song

Bird Seller.................................................. Lilah Taber

Quintet................. Elizabeth Woodburn, Rachel Fisher

                      Ian Mitchell, Ken Townsend, Zach Lobman

Jonas Fogg               Josh Philoon

 

Orchestra

VIOLIN I

Emily Jones

Concertmaster

Andrew Katcha

Associate Concertmaster

David Hong, Emelia Suljic, Leah Levitin

VIOLIN II

Erika Gray, Daniel Chen, Elizabeth Gibbons, Michael Stamos, Samantha Yang

VIOLA

Carrie Jones, Philip Choi, Arthur Tsang, Eric Chang, Solena Rizzat

CELLO

Johannes Gray, Dale Watt, Emma Davis, Charlie Zoller, Solomon Kim

BASS

Conor Holzhall, Marek Buckman

HARP

Claire Lindstrom

FLUTE

Claire Carter, Megan Kim

OBOE

Elliot Lichtenberg 

CLARINET

Alisa Kolot  

CLARINET/BASS CLARINET

Cailin Whisler

BASSOON

Matt Piekos

FRENCH HORN

Graham Woolley, William Stogin 

TRUMPET

Michael Brady, Jerry Sun 

PERCUSSION

John Friesen, Ned Bowen

TROMBONE

William Sheppard, Connor Brown, Ethan Clemmitt 

KEYBOARD

Amber Scherer

Crew

Daniel Burrack, Matthew Canel, Marie Carroll, Caroline Clark, Sarah Foster, Hannah Higgins, Claire Hogan, Janak Jha, Ellie Kalman, Berrit Keller, Sophie Kenney, Mikaela Kropp, Daniel Loumpouridis, Robyn Mech, Michael Molitor, Leah Neustadt, Annie Newman, Sean O'Connor, Sam Pavlekovsky, Mark Petersen, Tom Raible, Alayna Rickard, Mike Rosenberg, Benji Sagarin, Grace Sowlat, Josh Stoller, Alina Taber, Emily Trevor, Jacqueline Tropp, Brian Tsuru, Tomek Wasilewski, Zoe Wexler, Wheeler White, David Whitcomb, Kate Whitcomb

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