LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Sweeney Todd’ show was magical
November 3, 2008 · 1:20 PM
To the editor:
A little magic happened Friday evening at South Whidbey High.
Seldom has so much talent been assembled (and brilliantly directed) on a stage in Puget Sound.
As many as nine principals excelled with strong, true singing of the complex melodies and soulful intricate lyrics. The acting was equally and uniformly strong and nuanced. Also outstanding was the entire ensemble that was intense, involved and connected throughout — so difficult on opening night.
Especially interesting was the fencer-like athleticism, warming to his surgeries, and later, the tortured contortions of anguish of Sweeney Todd by the brilliant Jason Dittmer. And Suzanne Kelman was born to play the huge role of Mrs. Lovett. She “was” Mrs. Lovett; a crazy, funny, lovelorn, Victorian businesswoman, fighting to keep her small pie shop afloat.
A production of such scope and complexity could not be executed by anyone less than a huge talent. Director Deana Duncan is a special gift to the Island. You might have to see “Sweeney Todd” more than once to appreciate her.