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Cast Announced for Musical 'Sweeney Todd'

09/23/2009 

The Performing Arts Department has announced the cast for the October production of the Broadway musical thriller "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street." The play will be performed Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in the Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre. Tickets go on sale at Jodi's Hallmark Shop on Oct. 1.

Musical theatre major Douglas Robbins will play the title barber who takes revenge on the world. His diabolical assistant Mrs. Lovett will be played by Rebecca Rozzoni. Also featured in the large cast of SUNY Cortland students are Kara Howard as Sweeney's daughter Johanna, Skylar Winter as the corrupt Judge Turpin, John McAvaney as the judge's henchman known as the Beadle, Anthony Festa as the sailor Anthony Hope who loves Johanna, Tim Fuchs as the greedy Italian barber Pirelli, Ryan McDonald as the troubled youth Toby and Kimberly Moore as the prophetic Beggar Woman.

Also in the cast are SUNY students Nicole Herlihy, Keith Golden, Andrew Kohn, Emily Ellis, Lauren Kovacio, Marley Myrianthopoulos, Colin Havener, Grace McGeoch, Mitch Thurman, Allison Zack, Amy Lamberti, Lisa Reid, Annali Fuchs, Charles O'Connor, Kelsey Reed, Derek Mellor, Sara Laursen, Natalie Luzzi, Angelia Golden, Rasheem Ford, Valerie Blatt, Kate Quigley, Jason Schuloff, community member Cassidy Halpin and faculty member Thomas Fuchs, physical education.

"Sweeney Todd" is directed and choreographed by Kevin Halpin with musical direction by Richard Montgomery, sets by Howard Lindh, lighting by Joel Pape and technical direction by Preston Marye, all of the Performing Arts Department. Costumes are by consultant Mark Reynolds.

"Sweeney Todd" is partially funded by the Cortland Fund and the Cortland College Foundation. More information about the musical and this season's other events can be found at www.cortland.edu/performingarts.