OGDEN — Due to popular demand, the DaVinci Academy has extended its run of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
The production is directed by Adam Slee, who said the private charter school decided to extend the show due enthusiatic audience support.
The encore performances will be Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4, on the third floor of the school located in the historic American Can Company building in downtown Ogden. The building’s architecture, Slee noted, provides an ideal setting for the story, set in 1846 London.
“Sweeney Todd” is the bloody, darkly comical tale about a barber named Benjamin Barker imprisoned on trumped-up charges by a corrupt judge who rapes Barker’s wife and lusts after his daughter. Upon his return from imprisonment, Barker assumes the identity of Sweeney Todd and seeks revenge against the judge and all others who get in his way. He is assisted by pie-shop owner Mrs. Lovett. The piemaker is in love with Todd, but also sees an opportunity to bolster her sagging business by turning Todd’s victims into meat pies.
“Sweeney Todd” showcases composer Stephen Sondheim’s gift for crafting lyric and music into wickedly humorous songs.
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4 at the DaVinci Academy, 2033 Grant Ave., Ogden. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the school or at the door. Call 801-409-0700 for more information.