Sweeney Todd – Nov. 4-20
A musical by Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Adam Joy
Music directed by Eli Bigelow
|Sweeney Todd||Christian Roulleau|
|Mrs. Lovett||Dori Bryan-Ployer|
|Judge Turpin||Greg Smith|
|Beggar Woman||Steph Wallace|
|Toby||Natalie & Sarah Lacy|
Other Cast Members
CAST & CREW
Christian Roulleau (Sweeney Todd) is thrilled to reunite with this team for another sinister Sondheim after playing Charles Guiteau in 2018’s Assassins here at Mass Arts Center, where he has also been seen in Our Town (Doc Gibbs), How the Other Half Loves (Frank Foster), Noises Off (Lloyd Dallas), and The Tempest (Antonio). Other favorite roles include Max (Bent), Kilroy (Camino Real), Bosie (Gross Indecency), Lorenzo (Melancholy Play), Dionsysos (The Bacchae), Shatov (Dostoevsky’s Demons), and John Jasper (The Mystery of Edwin Drood). Special thanks to Mike Trowbridge for barber consulting. Christian offers neverending thanks to his family for their love and support and dedicates this performance to the memory of his father: “Sleep now the untroubled sleep of the angels.”
Dori is honored to be reuniting with Adam & Eli on Sondheim’s thriller, Sweeney Todd in the role of Nellie Lovett. She is inspired to be working among another Mass Arts cast and crew of extraordinary talent and dedication. Past roles include the Stage Manager in Our Town, the Proprietor in Assassins, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, the Trio in Sylvia, Violet Weston in August: Osage County, and Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street. Dori serves the Mass Arts Center as the Artistic Director of The Reservoir Stage and the Director of Education for The Mass Arts Academy. Dori speaks nationally on topics including Mindfulness and Meditation and Creative Leadership and was recently invited to speak internationally on the subject of her research, Spirituality in Theatre. Dori lives in Holbrook with her husband and biggest fan, Scott and their lovingly spoiled rescue, Caity. Special thanks to her knitting pal, Daniel Kozar, “Love you more than my luggage.”
Greg Smith (Judge Turpin) is so happy to return to MAC and to perform in the new mainstage space for his first time! Favorite MAC shows/roles include Assassins (Zangara), The Boys in the Band (Michael), The Boys Next Door (Barry), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Charlie), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Man), Godspell (John the Baptist), Little Women (Prof. Bhaer), Our Town (Simon Stimson), and 1776 (Rutledge). All love to Becky, Davi, and Mom.
Past roles include: Oscar (Sweet Charty HCMT), Ram Sweeney (Heathers, MTC), Lord Farquaad (Shrek HCMT), Chuck Cranston (Footloose, CDC) Cladwell (Urinetown). Thank you to the production team for their outstanding work.
After a seven year hiatus, Trevor is back in a full length show and could not be more excited. He would like to thank Adam and Eli for trusting him with the role and pushing him as they always do. He would like to thank his family for supporting and some for flying halfway across the country to see him. He would like to remind Chase and Luke to acknowledge him. Thanking his friends individually for keeping his passion alive and pushing him would take the rest of the program, so to all of them, a thank you will never be enough.
Adina Lundquist (Johanna) is excited to be in her 1st production at MAC. Some of her past favorite roles include: The Last Five Years (Catherine Hiatt, Little Theatre of Fall River), Chess in Concert (Florence Vassy, Norton Singers), The Secret Garden (Lily, Riverside Theatre Works), Into the Woods (Cinderella, RTW), [title of show] (Heidi, Curtain Call Theatre), The Wedding Singer (Julia Sullivan, The Phoenix Playmakers), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey, Cohasset Dramatic Club). You can next see her as Sergeant Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls at Little Theatre of Fall River in March 2023. Outside of theatre, Adina works in audio/video and communications. She would like to thank her husband, Trey, for his love and support, and the cast and crew for making this such an incredible experience. Enjoy the show!
Stephanie Wallace (Beggar Woman) is thrilled to once again be performing at the Mass Arts Center, having last appeared as Mrs. Webb in Our Town. Past productions include Beauty and the Beast (Babette), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise), and Heathers (Heather Duke). Thanks to this cast and team for making this challenging experience so fun and to the friends and family traveling near and far in support!
Sarah has been in three other productions with MMAS, Assassins, the “Find Your Light” Cabaret, and most recently Our Town. Some of her other recent productions have included Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar with the Capachione School of Performing Arts. She would like to thank her director Adam Joy and music director Eli Bigelow and the whole cast for making this show such a blast, and she is so excited to share it with an audience!
Natalie is so excited to be back at MAC for her fourth production with the company! Her previous appearances with MAC include Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town, ensemble member in “Find Your Light: A Musical Cabaret,” and ensemble member in Assassins. Some of her recent performances include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar and Cosette in Les Misérables with the Capachione School of Performing Arts. She would love to thank her director Adam, her musical director Eli, and the whole cast for creating such an unforgettable experience with Sweeney Todd!
Jeff Gavin (Pirelli): Jeff is thrilled to be a part of Sweeney Todd at the Mass Arts Center. He recently portrayed Howie Newsome in Our Town at the Mass Arts Center and had several roles in World War II Radio Christmas at the Massasoit Theatre Company. Theater and Music have always been a big part of Jeff’s life. He was a member of the Gentlemen Callers A Cappella Group at Wheaton College and enjoys tinkering with the guitar and piano. Jeff would like to thank Adam, Eli and the entire cast and crew of Sweeney Todd for all their hard work and talent. He’d also like to thank his human family, Nicole, Kylee, Ava and Declan as well as his canine family, Brady and Zac for all their love and support!
CJ is excited to be performing with MAC again and is humbled to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible cast and crew.
Eileen is returning to the stage after a long hiatus and is thrilled to be a part of such a talented group of actors! She received her undergraduate degree in musical theatre from Catholic University. Some of Eileen’s past credits include the Kennedy Center’s New Year’s Eve Gala (featured soloist), Witches of Eastwick American Premiere (Swing/Jennifer u/s), Candide (Cunegonde), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), The Bernstein Mass at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Grand Hotel (Operator), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well…, and many more! By day, Eileen is a curriculum director for a local school district. Adam and Eli – thanks for leading us into and through the beast that is Sweeney and inspiring us all to grow each and every rehearsal. She would also like to thank her family for supporting her throughout this process and helping to juggle all of her son’s activities while she was at rehearsal.
Laura Holland is thrilled to be a member of the ensemble in her first Mass Arts production! She has enjoyed performing in other community productions including Beauty and the Beast, Once Upon and Mattress, and Into the Woods. Laura loves the music of Stephen Sondheim and has been thrilled to be a part of the Sweeney Todd cast!
Alyssa is excited to be in her first in-person production with Mass Arts Center, having previously appeared in the virtual production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in 2020. Last Fall, she made her Boston stage debut in ONWARD – Votes for Women, a documentary theatre play created by Lisa Rafferty with music by Adam McDonald, commissioned by the Associates of the Boston Public Library for the Pierce Performance Series. Other notable roles include Maureen in RENT (Academy Players of RI), Dainty June in Gypsy, and Inga in Young Frankenstein (BSU). In her spare time, she creates social media content for Birch Tree Productions and loves kissing all of her pets. Special thanks to her mom (love you, Kell) and her boyfriend, Michael. @alyssarosegermaine
Emily is thrilled to be returning to the MAC stage! This past summer, she was seen in Find Your Light. Previously, she was also seen as Sarah Jane Moore in MAC’s production of Assassins. She has also been seen as Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Amy in Company, and The Emcee in Cabaret. She would like to extend her love and gratitude Adam, this incredible cast and crew, her family, and also to her Husband & music director-extraordinaire, Eli.
Laurie is thrilled to be returning for her second show at MAC in Sweeney Todd. She is so happy to be sharing this experience with her daughters, Sarah and Natalie, and would like to thank Eli and Adam for the opportunity to work with such a talented cast. She would also like to thank friends, family, and her theatre students for encouraging and supporting her along the way.
Leanne is excited to be performing in Sweeney Todd; her first musical in 19 years! Most recently Leanne appeared in Our Town at MAC. Previous MAC shows include Autobahn, Crimes of the Heart, and The Odd Couple Female Version. She would like to thank everyone involved in Sweeney Todd for such a wonderful experience. Much love to Adam, Hannah and Ian and all my family and friends who give their endless love and support.
Kelly McGowan is excited to be making her MAC debut with one of her favorite musicals of all time! Kelly is currently pursuing her MFA in Theatre Education at Emerson College. She would like to thank the creative team for including her in this process, and her family for being amazingly supportive as always. Enjoy the show!
Emily Corriera is thrilled to be working with this cast and creative team. Special thanks to Mass Arts Center, Adam, Eli, Ken, Bruce, Sarah, Gail, and the rest of the creative team for all they’ve done for this production. As always, all the love to her family, friends, boyfriend, and students. Thanks for visiting Fleet Street!
Birdseller & Ensemble
Ryan Boudreau (Ensemble, u/s Beadle Bamford) is a graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. He has been seen in BSU’s productions of Godspell as Jesus, Blood at the Root as Colin, Deal Me Out as Oberon, Richard the III as Buckingham, MilkMilkLemomade as Linda the Chicken, Constellations as Roland, and Urinetown (The Musical) as Senator Fipp. He was also nominated for an Irene Ryan Award for his performance as Stepan Stepanovitch in BSU’s production of The Proposal. Ryan has also been seen as the Narrator/Mysterious Man in True Repertory Theatre’s outdoor production of Into the Woods and as Constable Warren in Mass Arts Center’s recent production of Our Town.
Lily Parcels is so excited to be in her second production at Mass Arts Center! Her past roles include Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors, and Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar. She would like to thank Adam, Eli, and Sarah for their commitment to this wonderful show, as well as her cast for such an amazing production!
Solange is happy to join the Sweeney Todd cast for her first production at MAC. She would like to thank the team for renewing her love for musical theatre and for the opportunity to learn from an amazing group of performers and artists!
Sara Norton has been a part of the M.A.C. family for 10 years and has performed or worked back stage for several productions over the years. This is Sara’s fourth production with Adam Joy and Eli Bigelow is so grateful to be a part of this incredible cast and production of Sweeney Todd. Sara would like to thank her family for all their love, patience, and support.
Brendan studied political science at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, with minors in music and history. While at St. Anselm he appeared in multiple productions, including A Murder is Announced and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. His other credits include Victor Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein and John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell. He currently works in Boston, MA as a high school theology teacher. When he’s not acting or singing, he enjoys playing piano and guitar, writing music, reading, cycling, and visiting craft breweries.
Brendon Auld is excited to be back again with MAC after being in Our Town this summer. Long ago he was a theatre major at Bridgewater State which has strangely turned into a career in Information Technology. He was recently seen at MAC as Magaldi in Evita (2019), yet his favorite role here was Leaf in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2011). Much love to his beautiful family: Kelly, Ronan and Madeline!
So excited to be back on stage after 8 years doing my first production in English! Had the privilege to portray Scar in the Lion King, Judas in Godspell, Gral. G.K. Schmidt in Seussical, Eric in the Little Mermaid and Otto in Spring Awakening. Thank you MAC, Adam and Eli for this opportunity. Brent, thanks for all your help. Matt, thank you for always pushing me to be better! Love you!
Steve Nelson is a Massachusetts based actor who is currently a student at Bridgewater State University. Mass Art Center’s Sweeney Todd will be Steve’s introduction to community theatre, and he is looking forward to possibilities for future theatre productions outside the realm of education. Growing up in Sharon, Massachusetts has given Steve plenty of wonderful opportunities to find a love for performance through several shows he has involved himself in through school. Having already experienced performing in two college theatre productions, Steve is excited for more opportunities that will remind himself why theatre is so important to him.
Thomas is excited to be back for his second production of the year at MAC. His most recent productions include playing in the ensemble of Our Town at MAC and Assassins at MAC, and playing Josh Newstead in 9-5 at the Falmouth Theater Guild. He is thrilled to return back to theater after three years and is elated to perform alongside the incredible cast and crew of Sweeney Todd!
Will Candler (Ensemble) Will is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of actors and crew on Sweeney Todd. Will is no stranger to the stage, as he is the theatre and music teacher at Willow Hill School in Sudbury, and has been acting, writing, and directing plays and musicals for over twenty five years. Will has performed off-Broadway and around the country with the National Theatre for Arts and Education, in addition to acting locally with the Family Performing Arts Center in Bridgewater, Hanson Recreation Drama in Hanson, Cohasset Drama Club in Cohasset, Hat Trick Theatre in Plymouth, and has directed shows in Sudbury, Bridgewater, Hanson, Princeton, Scituate, and Norwell. Some of Will’s favorite roles include Paul in Company, Cardamon the Wizard in Once Upon A Mattress, the Mayor of Whoville in Seussical, Charles Guiteau in Assassins, Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, and hosting the Game Show Series here at the Mass Arts Center. Special thanks to Alice, Bill, Katie, and Lola for all of their love and support, and to Adam and Eli for continuing to make community theatre fun and accessible to everyone involved.
Adam Joy (Director/Choreographer): Adam is very grateful to be directing this challenging piece with such a dedicated cast and production team. Previously, he had the pleasure of directing Our Town, Assassins, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Find Your Light at MAC. Some of Adam’s favorite past directing and choreography credits include: West Side Story, American Idiot, Children of Eden, Cabaret, and Les Miserablesto name a few. He is always inspired and extremely proud to work alongside his great friend and collaborator Eli Bigelow. Thank you to Sarah, Ken, Gail, Tony, Daniel, Glenn, Rose, and the entire crew at MAC for sharing their talents in bringing this production to life. Special thanks to the cast for working so darn hard and committing to such an aggressive process. Love to Katherine, Caroline and Maggie!
Eli Bigelow is excited and grateful once again working with his long time collaborator Adam Joy on one of his time favorite scores of all time. He has been music directing for theatre around the south shore area for the past 13 years. Notable productions and companies include; Assassins (Mansfield Music and Art’s Society) Spring Awakening (Little Theatre of Fall River), Beauty and the Beast (Massasoit Theatre Co.) and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Priscilla Beach Theatre) among others. When not music directing he is also a director and just finished a production of Jesus Christ Superstar with his wonderfully talented students at The Capachionie School of Performing Arts this past summer. He is the resident Music Director at Capachione where he also serves as a vocal coach, director and piano instructor. His students have been accepted to collegial programs such as Emerson, NYU, The University of Hartford, Harvard and Boston Conservatory. He would like to thank the cast for handling this incredibly hard score with care and determination; MMAS for bringing him back and to Adam for being the generous and inspiring collaborator he’s always been proud to work with.
Sarah Paton would like to thank Adam and Eli for giving her a slice of the pie and letting her stage manage one of her favorite shows! To the entire cast and crew of the bakehouse – your dedication and hard work have made this production absolutely delicious! Former victims include Picasso at the Lapin Agile and 13 Past Midnight at ACT, Hair at MAC, and Titanic at ENC. As always, special thanks goes out to her partner in crime (Dave), family, and faithful friends!
Ken Butler, Set + Lighting Design
Mark DeLuzio, Sound Design
Gail Gilman, Props Design
Daniel Kozar, Costume Design