Sweeney Todd "in Concert"

June 2nd, 2018

First Church Sanctuary, Cambridge, Ma


Production photos courtesy of Earl Christie Photography

BEVERLY CREASEY OF BOSTON ARTS REVIEW SAYS, 

"Shana Dirik is a force of nature. Any production she’s in is enhanced by her presence. Last evening her brand new enterprise, THEATER UNCORKED, staged a staggering, one-time-only event in Harvard Square, a rip roaring presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD. If only they could do it again. Please. Please."

NANCY GROSSMAN OF BROADWAY WORLD (BWW) SAYS, 

"Although billed as a concert, this production was far more involved than a staged reading, and nothing less than a full-throated demonstration of some serious vocalizing. All nine of the principal cast members gave stellar performances, but special commendation goes to Ben Discipio's overpowering Sweeney, Dirik's wonderful interpretation of Mrs. Lovett, and Matthew Zahnzinger's nasty predator, Judge Turpin. With the valued assistance of an 18-member Advisory Board and her wealth of varied experience, Dirik and Theater UnCorked are poised to bring some more bubbles and pizazz to the Boston theater scene. Cheers!"

AND CHRIS EHLERS OF DIG BOSTON CLAIMS, 

"It’s hard to argue with the ambition of Shana Dirik, UnCorked’s artistic director who also starred as Mrs. Lovett. The sheer scale of the operation was an impressive thing, and any theater company that begins its life with a full Sondheim concert is all right by me. And it would appear that I’m not alone: There wasn’t a seat to be found. It was as impeccably sung as any Sweeney I’ve ever seen; I remain bowled over by the effortlessness of the performances. As Mrs. Lovett, Dirik was a marvel, and Ben Discipio’s Sweeney was first rate."

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Cast

*Denotes Members of Actors' Equity Association

 
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Ben DiScipio - Sweeney Todd

 
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Jordan Reynolds - Anthony

Shana Dirik* - Mrs. Lovett

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Audrey Clark - Johanna

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Mathew Zahnzinger - Judge Turpin/Quintet

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Christopher Porth - Beadle

 
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Alex Boyle - Toby

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Jason Hersom - Pirelli

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Catherine Lee Christie - Beggar Woman

 
 

Ensemble

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Stephanie Charlton

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Joan Covino

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Meghan Edge

Margaret Felice - Quintet

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Marie Gertje

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Taylor Hillard

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Sarah Jones

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Lenni Alexandra Kmiec*

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Joelle Kross - Quintet

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Steven Littlehale

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Meghan Ryan

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Michael Saenz - Quintet

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Benjamin Simon

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Devon Stone* - Quintet

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Stefani Wood

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Lydian Devere Yard

 

Youth Ensemble

Erin Cesmeli

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Mina Belir

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Melis Demirtas

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Gabrielle Grau

 
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Ekin Cakim

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Carla Loutfi

 
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Lily Ramras


Creative Team

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Allison Olivia Choat (Director) is delighted to support new artists, works, and companies in the Boston area, and is especially thrilled to join the inaugural outing of Theater Uncorked. Allison is Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of Cambridge-based Moonbox Productions, where she most recently directed this winter's critically-acclaimed The 39 Steps. Other directorial collaborations include Amadeus (IRNE winner, Best Actor), Kimberly Akimbo (IRNE winner, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress; IRNE nominations, Best Director, Best Production), Floyd Collins, and the IRNE- and Elliot-Norton-Award-nominated Of Mice and Men. Allison also designed the sets for Moonbox's A New Brain and the IRNE-Award-winning The Wild Party (Best Musical - Fringe). As an independent director, designer, and movement coach, her local collaborators include Flat Earth Theatre (He is Dead, Terra Nova, Pygmalion, What Once We Felt), Wax Wings Productions (The Man from Willow's Brook - world premiere at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre), Blue Spruce Theatre, Guerrilla Opera, and Boston Opera Collaborative. When not backstage, Allison is a voice and movement educator whose teaching practice focuses on the unique needs of athletes and performing artists

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Shana Dirik 

Producer

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Kailey BennetT

Stage Manager

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Michelle Aguillon

Asst. Stage Manager

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Gina Naggar

Music Director

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Anna Silva

Costume Design

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Mauren Festa 

Costume Design

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Marc Capizzi

Hair & Make-up

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Matthew Lazure

Props Design

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Rachel Lucas, PR

Press Agent