Demon Barber comes to Pittsford

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - Pittsford Musicals will present "Sweeney Todd" on stage at Sutherland High School October 14-21.

Colin Pazik, who plays Sweeney Todd, and Lauren MacDonough, who plays Mrs. Lovett, discussed the perfectly-timed classic tale Tuesday during News 8 at Noon.

"This type of show tends to get an odd rap with its subject matter," said Pazik. "On the surface you see this barber who is killing people, and then you've got this woman who is baking pies from what's left, but the concept is so much deeper than that with these very dynamic characters, very touching love stories in the background, and just a lot of fun that happens in the mayhem on the stage. It's really great!"

Pazik has embraced the challenge of playing such a complex character. "The good challenge on this is trying to not see him as just an always angry person, because that's what everyone sees him as, but to see his as this character that progresses through tragedy right from the get go, to the center of the play, and then right to the very end of it. That's what makes him such a challenging, and such a beautiful character to play in all of theatre."

For MacDonough, Mrs. Lovett presents her own challenge. "She bakes pies and she's a terrible baker because she can't afford meat, so then there happens to be an idea that she comes up with and the duo that they form is mutually beneficial. The hard part of my character is keeping everything light because this is a pretty dark show. It can get really dark at times, but my character is very funny and likes to make jokes and that kind of thing."

"Sweeney Todd" is for mature audiences. MacDonough hopes the characters also connect with the audience. "We want to make them as human as possible. They came from a Penny Dreadful, so they're kind of cartoon characters, but we don't want to be cartoon characters on stage. We want the audience to be able to relate to what we're going through at the time, me with my love for Sweeney and Sweeney in terms of his revenge and what he wants to do."

Pazik added, "Honestly, I want them to think I feel so sad for these characters, not to be in disgust of what was happening in the background, but more just - wow, what a way that world events or life events can change a person and what they do to feel validated in their own personal injustices."

Tickets for "Sweeney Todd" are available online through the Pittford Musicals website, click here.

 


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