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Director of Communications
Loyola University Chicago Theatre Department Presents: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim
CHICAGO, April 6, 2005 Loyola University Chicago students will be performing in Stephen Sondheim’s, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which opens Friday, April 15, 2005 at 7:30 pm in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre, 1125 West Loyola Avenue. The production is directed by Loyola Theatre Chairperson Sarah Gabel, Ph.D.
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the final production in the 2004-2005 Mainstage Season for the Loyola University Chicago Theatre Department with a two weekend run beginning April 14 until April 24, 2005. The debate still looms if there is any truth to the tale of Sweeney Todd, the murderous barber of Fleet Street who joins forces with the opportunistic baker, Mrs. Lovett, to dispose of the bodies of Todd’s victims in her meat pies. Sondheim’s musical does not resolve the debate but it does “tell the tale”?
The production’s Musical Director is Jeremy Ramey; Costume Designer is Elizabeth Shaffer; Prop Designer is Karyn McGoarty; Choreographer is Loyola student; Quintin Roper; and the Asst. Director is Loyola student Audrey Wience.
In the cast are: Jay Wesley White (Sweeney Todd); Liz McDonald (Mrs. Lovett); Radmar Jao (Tobias); Laura Tillman (Joanna); Ashruf Ghanimah (Judge Turpin); Andy Foxhoven (The Beadle); Michael Sherman (Anthony Hope); Eric Labanauskas (Adolfo Pirelli); Kathryn Durkin (Beggar Woman). In the chorus are: Amanda Aldinger, Samuel Buti, Danielle Davis, Danielle Diaz, Matt Edlen, Vanessa Eichas, Colin Hogan, Linsday Hopkins, Angela Johnson, Brandon Magid, Ian McLaren, Sarah Pretz, Patrick Quinlan, Maria Rito, Kelly Spohrer, Michael Wolfe. Other students involved in the production are: Set Designer Cynthia Rogers; Lighting Designer Megan Doherty; Stage Manager Melissa Dickman; and Asst. Stage Mangers Ira Madison and Will Hunt.
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $3.00 for the Preview performance on April 14, 2005 and for the remainder of the run, ticket prices range from $5.00 – $15.00, discounts available to Loyola faculty, staff, students and senior citizens.
For more information about tickets, call the Box Office at (773) 508-3847 or visit the TicketWeb website at: http://www.ticketweb.com.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.