The Encore Musical Theatre Company announces auditions for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Directed and choreographed by Matthew Brennan, music directed by Tyler Driskill.

Sweeney Todd is a 1979 musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond. Set in 19th century England, the musical details the return of barber Sweeney Todd to London after 15 years of exile, in order to take revenge on the corrupt judge who banished him, by conspiring with a local baker, Mrs. Lovett, who is in desperate need of fresh meat for her pies.

Rehearsals for Sweeney Todd will begin the week of August 21st. Rehearsals take place Tuesdays through Fridays from 6pm-10pm, Saturdays from 12pm-5pm, and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Performances will run from September 28th through October 22nd. Performances take place Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

Preliminary auditions will take place at The Encore Musical Theatre Company (3126 Broad Street, Dexter, Michigan, 48130) on Monday, April 17th from 6pm-9pm, and Tuesday, April 18th from 6pm-9pm. Callbacks will take place on Monday, April 24th beginning at 6pm.

For the audition, please prepare two contrasting 32-bar musical theatre pieces (songs from the show OK, Sondheim pieces preferred); you may not be asked to sing both. Please bring sheet music in the correct key, double sided in a binder for the accompanist. Please also bring a current headshot and resume, stapled together.

Please contact Casting Director, Thalia Schramm to schedule an audition appointment, or with any questions:


The role of Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker has already been cast.

MRS. LOVETT (Female, Mezzo-Soprano, 30-50): A cheerful, talkative, but amoral restaurateur; Todd’s landlady, but enamored of him.

ANTHONY (Male, Baritenor, 18-30): A young, naïve sailor who has rescued Todd and falls in love with Johanna.

JOHANNA (Female, Soprano, 16-24): Todd’s beautiful young daughter, claimed by Judge Turpin as his ward.

JUDGE TURPIN (Male, Bass-Baritone, 40+): A corrupt judiciary official who becomes infatuated with Lucy Barker, and later her daughter Johanna.

TOBY (Male, Tenor, 15-30): A sweet simpleton who works first for con-man Pirelli, and then for Mrs. Lovett, but does not trust Todd.

BEADLE BAMFORD (Male, Tenor, 35+): Turpin’s right-hand man and accomplice.

BEGGAR WOMAN (Female, Mezzo-Soprano, 30-45): A mad crone whose interjections go unheeded, eventually identified as Benjamin Barker’s wife, Lucy, who was raped by Judge Turpin.

ALDOLFO PIRELLI (Male, Dramatic Tenor, 25+): An Irish charlatan and former employee of Benjamin Barker’s who has since developed a public persona as a flashy Italian barber; he attempts to blackmail Todd, but is immediately killed.