Theatre 166, the Black Box Theatre of Renaissance Performing Arts, will kick-off its second season with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street showing on October 4-5 and 11-12 at 8:00 PM. The production is part of the Richland Bank Broadway Series.

Directed by Michael Thomas, this winner of eight Tony awards, including Best Musical, tells the infamous tale of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber who returns to nineteenth-century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up… and the carnage has only just begun!

Staged in the Renaissance’s new Theatre 166 black box space, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street features two unforgettable star turns and some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage. It is recommended for mature audiences.

The cast will be led by Nashville, TN native, William Warren Carver, as Sweeney Todd. Carver has been performing in the theatre community for most of his life and knew early on that he had a passion for the art. He recently completed a contract performing for Norwegian Cruise Lines as a production cast principal. “I’m a very peppy and smiley guy by nature. I’m excited to dive into a role that is… less than cheerful,” stated Carver. He continued, “[I am] overjoyed to be making my “bloody” debut with Renaissance Performing Arts in the production of Sweeney Todd!”

The principal cast also includes Allysun Mellick as Mrs. Lovett, Katie Harrigan as Johanna, Drew Owens as Anthony, Scott Smith as Jonas Fogg, Mark Crumrine as Judge Turpin, Maddie Beer as Beggar Woman, Darius Darmody as Tobias, Ryan Shreve as Adolpho, and Colton Penwell as Beadle Bamford.

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone at (419) 522-2726, and online at

Source: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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