Students sink teeth into meaty roles
SOME hair-raising nights are set to unfold as students take to the stage to perform Sweeney Todd.
Tickets are on sale for the musical, which is being staged by pupils at Franklin College next week.
The story follows the life of Todd, a barber who dispatches his victims as they sit in his chair.
The gruesome lead role will be played by 18-year-old Connor Ewing, who isn't shy when it comes to stage performances.
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He said: "I have played lead roles in other school productions and I enjoy getting up in front of a crowd.
"The pressure of having the lead role can be daunting at first, but once I have learnt the lines I feel more confident.
"Sweeney Todd is a great production – I was listening to some of the songs before I even knew this play was happening."
The show will take place on Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14 at 7pm, at the college's main theatre.
Adrian Mercer, 17, will be playing the part of Anthony, a sailor who falls in love with Todd's estranged daughter Johanna.
He is studying performing arts, art and design, music and English, and would love a career on stage.
He said: "This is my first main role within a play so it will be very special for me.
"In the past, I have been in the background of shows so I am really looking forward to this.
"Tickets have been selling well so we expect a big turn out on the nights."
Alex Davies, 17, will play the role of Mrs Lovett, Todd's business partner – and accomplice.
She said: "I would have got involved in any play going, as I love being on stage.
"This is what I want to do as a career, I could not see myself doing anything else."
And Adele Smith, 17, is playing the role of Johanna.
"I have been involved in various shows outside college," she said.
"This play has been very stressful during rehearsals, but I have loved exploring the character I am playing.
"I have one solo song to perform, which I am really excited about, as it is my first main role in a college production.
"I want to carry on doing musical theatre after college and I hope to apply for a place somewhere in London."
Tickets can be bought directly from the college, and cost £6 for adults and £5 for concessions. Call 01472 875000 for more information.