August 29th - November 10th
Stephen Sondheim’s gothic, Tony Award-winning masterpiece tells the story of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance on 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, whose fortunes rise when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Were it a movie, Sweeney Todd would be rated PG-13
Oregon Cabaret Theatre pulls out all the strops for Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a Musical Thriller.”
Sweeney Todd at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre is a masterpiece to behold, good to the last bloody drop... The Oregon Cabaret Theatre is known for its top tier productions, and Sweeney Todd is one of the best in their recent history
Sweeney Todd’s ending shall remain undisclosed but is a screaming bloody mess that will leave you stunned in horror at the scene and in complete admiration for the show.
The verdict: Wonderfully creepy and perfectly performed. They dance on the verge of over-the-top melodrama without ever quite slipping off the edge.... In short, this classic tale of macabre vengeance is a perfect thriller for the season and wonderfully performed at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland.
Director Michael Jenkinson has created a fast paced, well acted, often dazzling musical that is visually impressive,” says Lee Juillerat of the Klamath Falls Herald and News. “Sweeney Todd is, both literally and figuratively, a bloody good production.
Best Sweeney Todd I’ve eve seen
We liked Sweeney Todd. I enjoyed all the singers, Todd, and Mrs. Lovett in particular. The set was clever and made good use of the small space.
We made the mistake of having a large lunch that day so we were only able to eat appetizers and desserts. The onion, fig, and goat cheese tart was fantastic. The meat pie with peas on the side was in the appetizer section but was large enough for a meal. Two of us had salads, the garden salad was a standout. Definitely save room for dessert. The dickay pie and fruit crumble were both fantastic.
Praise for Sweeney Todd from Facebook
"FABULOUS musical - we were just there and I highly recommend to all!! Amazing ensemble of actors ?creepy storyline- I loved it!!"
"This was AWESOME!"
"Saw it Thurs night. A must see."
"Opening show was awesome, last night! Great job to everyone on the cast and crew!
"Excellent show! Fabulous dinner!"
"Dark, bloody, fun! Such a great show!"
"I just saw the last dress rehearsal of Sweeney Todd at the Cabaret theatre. IT IS A MUST SEE. The cast is awesome. Go see it."
"Saw it on Sunday. Stupendous! Best rendition of this (always tricky) Sondheim, I've seen. Great ensemble cast, great sets, (and set-changes!!) masterful musicians. A must see."
"Just saw it today all I am willing to say is WOW not what I was expecting excellent production as usual."
"Go and see Sweeney Todd immediately!! It’s incredible! Valerie Rachelle and Galloway Stevens are amazing!"
"Don't miss Sweeney Todd at the Cab! Superb performances Valerie Rachelle, Galloway Stevens, Todd Nielsen, Kristen Calvin Gordon! Magnificent ensemble and overall concept!"
What a treat!!! My family and I had the pleasure of watching Sweeney Todd just yesterday and let me tell ya, buy your tickets now!! The whole cast was absolutely on point! You will not be disappointed, from the wonderful food and bevs, the lovely waitstaff (big thanks to Lisa, she worked gracefully hard for everyone), and killer performance by all! Make ya laugh, make ya cry, make ya consider your own sanity! Loved it and you will too ❤️
Galloway was last seen on the OCT stage as Sagot in Picasso At The Lapin Agile and Johnathan Small/McMurdo in Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four, The Emcee in Cabaret, Franklin Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone. Galloway also directed OCT’s 2018 production of Avenue Q. Other regional directing credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats (Lees-McRae Summer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Andrews Brothers, and A Christmas Carol (Prather Entertainment), Grease, Ring of Fire, and South Pacific (Jenny Wiley Theatre). Instagram @thegallo_way.
Valerie has been a freelance director/choreographer for over 20 years. Prior OCT directorial credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Once, She Loves Me, Noises Off, Pine Mountain Lodge, Rocky Horror, Cabaret, Winter Wonderettes, and Dames At Sea. She has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, PCPA Theaterfest, Syracuse Opera, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Performance Riverside, Glendale Centre Theatre, Fresno Grand Opera, Resonance Works, Lucid by Proxy, Summer Repertory Theatre, Morgan Wixson Theatre, and of course, Oregon Cabaret Theatre.
Kristen is happily returning to OCT. Prior Cabaret credits include Laura in Beehive, Magenta in Rocky Horror Show, and the ensemble of both She Loves Me, and Bat Boy, as well as several Cabaret Late Night Shows. Other performance credits include Spamalot at the Camelot Theatre (Lady of the Lake), Beehive the 60's Musical with Broadway Rose Theatre (Janis Joplin), and Spotlight on Liza Minnelli at the Camelot Theatre (Liza). Kristen would like to thank her husband, Noah, for his endless patience, support, and love.
Molly is making her OCT debut. Other regional credits include Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Ellie in Freaky Friday, Ensemble in Hunchback of Notre Dame (Pacific Conservatory Theatre); Val in A Chorus Line, Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, Babette in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Cumberland County Playhouse); Vincentio in an all female Measure For Measure (The John Wood Studio, London). Molly would like to “thank her family as well as her partner Will for their love and support.” mollydobbs.com
Jonathan is no stranger to the OCT stage being featured as Edgar the Bat Boy in Bat Boy, Mark in Altar Boyz, and Brad Majors in the 2016 production of The Rocky Horror Show. Other notable performance credits include Mike in the international tour of A Chorus Line, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Joseph in Joseph, Adriana in Boyz from Syracuse, Henrick in A Little Night Music. He is an alum of Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and a proud AEA member. “Thank you to my parents for their undying love. And to Rick and Val who have allowed the Cabaret to become a second home.”
Todd is making his debut appearance on the OCT stage after serving as director for the 2018 smash hit Million Dollar Quartet and 2007’s Plaid Tidings. After years in southern California he is happy to be a current resident of Ashland. Other performance credits include 42nd Street (San Diego Musical Theatre); Aladdin Spectacular (Disneyland); Wizard of Oz, Joseph, Beauty & the Beast (Tuacahn); She Loves Me (Alpine Theatre Project); Annie, 1776, (Musical Theatre West); Side Show, An Ideal Husband, Putting It Together (The Colony Theater).
James Conrad Smith
James is making his debut performance with OCT. He is originally from Pompton Plains, NJ. Other performance credits include Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde (Downtown Cabaret Theatre); Shakespeare in What Do Critics Know? (Feinstein's 54/Below); Fr. Dupin/Official in Hunchback...Notre Dame (White Plains Performing Arts Center); Jehan Frollo in Hunchback...Notre Dame, Charlie Cowell in The Music Man (Utah Festival Opera). He has an M.M. Voice Performance from Indiana University and a B.M. Voice Performance from Montclair State University.
Michael returns to the Oregon Cabaret after playing Andrej in last year's production of Once. Other performance credits include Wells/Ensemble in Freaky Friday (Circa ’21), Ensemble – Monty Python’s Spamalot (Studio Tenn), Swing – A Charlie Brown Christmas (Nat’l Tour), David – Company (Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC), Leo Frank – Parade (BUMT). He has also served as composer/lyricist, director, videographer/editor for Delivery: An Original Musical. Michael would like to say, “Thanks to Mom, Dad & Anna, Erin Thompson & David Shamburger.”
Nathan is rejoining the Cabaret company for his fourth season. Recently he has been seen as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show and Sipos in She Loves Me. It’s been ten years since he played The Beadle in Sweeney Todd and couldn’t be happier to be reprising the role. Other notable credits include Jamie in The Last Five Years and Curly in Oklahoma! (Camelot Theatre). “Thank you for coming and supporting live theatre, and enjoy the show!”