Acclaimed British director Alistair Donkin unveils his new production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece February 24 & 25, 2018
Marylhurst University’s internationally award-winning choral program proudly presents Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical Sweeney Todd, the story of a murderous barber in 19th century London who bakes his victims into meat pies, in two performances: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4:00 p.m. in St. Anne’s Chapel, Marylhurst University. Tickets are $15 general, $10 students / seniors. Details and tickets: events.marylhurst.edu/sweeney
A gripping story of revenge and redemption set to one of Broadway’s most magnificent musical scores, this production is directed by the renowned British director Alistair Donkin and musically directed by Justin Smith, director of choral activities at Marylhurst University.
Before opening night, the cast of Sweeney Todd will present an exclusive dinner theater event to benefit the music program on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in Flavia Salon. Tickets range from $20 to $40 and include a dinner of … what else? Meat pies and English beer will be served, as the cast serenades with the marvelous score. Details and tickets: events.marylhurst.edu/meatpies
Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6:00 p.m.
God, That’s Good!: A Sweeney Todd Dinner Theater
Flavia Salon, Marylhurst University
Tickets: $40 general, $30 Marylhurst alumni, $35 seniors, $20 students
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4:00 p.m.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
St Anne’s Chapel, Marylhurst University
Tickets: $20 general, $10 students/seniors
Topsy Turvy may be the title of Mike Leigh’s film of the partnership of Gilbert & Sullivan, but it could equally apply to Alistair Donkin’s career. Having practiced as a solicitor, specializing in child care cases, for Shropshire County Council, and dabbled in local politics, being at one time Mayor of Market Drayton, he made a complete career change to pursue his love of the theatre, joining the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1979 as its principal “patter-man.”
As a performer, he has appeared with the London Savoyards and the Magic of Gilbert & Sullivan. He has sung with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the BBC Concert Orchestra (broadcast on BBC Radio 2) and the English Philharmonic Orchestra, appearing at all the major concert venues, including the Barbican Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the new Birmingham Symphony Hall.
As a director, he works throughout the United Kingdom for National Operatic and Dramatic Association-affiliated Societies, specializing in the presentation of the Savoy Operas. Since 1994, Alistair has directed the Gilbert & Sullivan workshop at the NODA South West Regional Conference in Exmouth.
His directing skills have earned him three trophies for Best Director at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton and his production of The Mikado for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston earned them the title of International Champions.
Since 1994, Alistair has been heavily involved with the International Festival of Gilbert & Sullivan, both in this country and the USA. He directed the professional production of Iolanthe as well as appearing in productions of HMS Pinafore, Trial By Jury and The Sorcerer. He regularly directs the Festival production each year – a show staged in six days with a cast of enthusiastic amateurs.
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