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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Utah Repertory Theatre & Noorda Center
Director: Timothy Threlfall

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a grim tale about a man seeking revenge. After being wrongfully imprisoned by Judge Turpin, who abused his power for personal gain, Sweeney escapes and returns to enact revenge on a cruel and vacant world. 

The director focused on the mechanization of the working class, which I responded to by using sounds that transported the audience into a 19th-century factory. By manipulating the underlying tempo of reoccurring sound effects, we were able to explore the descent of Sweeney into his own frenzied hell as the show progressed. 

Sound Design Samples​

The Factory 1

At specific points in the musical, the ensemble was positioned in cages towering over the stage and engaged in repetitive, mechanized actions.

Factory 1 - Matthew Kupferer
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All production photos: Jon Vickers, Jay Drowns

Stage Manager: Lisa Elzey

Costumes: Nancy Cannon

Hair/makeup: Samantha Lambson

Scenic: Josh Steadman

Lighting: Jaron Hermanson

The Factory 2

As the show progresses, Sweeney becomes more and more blood thirsty in his quest for revenge. He waxes careless and grows ever more consumed with killing Judge Turpin.

Factory 2 - Matthew Kupferer
Fogg's Asylum

In an act of pure spite against Johanna's plans to elope with young Anthony, Judge Turpin locks Johanna in a mad house. Anthony eventually figures out where she is being kept and has entered into the asylum with a daring plan to save her.

Fogg's Asylum - Matthew Kupferer
The Furnace

At the culmination of the show, Sweeney discovers that Mrs. Lovett had been purposefully deceiving him. Desperate and with nothing left to lose, Sweeney throws Mrs. Lovett into the furnace that they've been using to bake her famous pies. 

The Furnace - Matthew Kupferer
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Design & System Documentation

Design Notes
Cue List
Wireless Details (Template)
Equipment List
Input/Output List
Speaker Plot/Signal Flow
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