Fleet Street comes to the New Trier stage
New Trier High School senior, Dina Menegas plays the part of "Mrs. Lovett," and senior, Patrick O'Connor plays "Sweeney Todd," during Wednesday's rehearsal for the school's production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." | Brian O'Mahoney~
New Trier’s “Sweeney Todd” runs from Mar. 7-10. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 7, 8 and 9 with a matinee show starting at 2 p.m. Mar. 10 inside the Gaffney Auditorium on the Winnetka campus, 385 Winnetka Ave.
Tickets are $12 each and are available at the door or online at www.seatyourself.biz/newtrier.
Updated: February 28, 2013 9:38PM
WINNETKA — Last week the student-actor of New Trier High School’s production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” took their first looks at the impressive set built by their peers as they work toward opening night.
The massive two-story set sits on a 20-foot wide turntable and has three different pieces to enhance the performance.
“Oh my gosh, it’s so cool,” said senior Dina Memegas, who plays Mrs. Lovett. “A lot of times I’ll have to exit as it’s revolving and I’ve got to figure out the pathways. It’s like a maze.”
The student crew began building the set in the school’s scenery shop below the stage at the end of January. Just recently, they’ve taken it apart and reassembled it on top of the stage inside the Gaffney Auditorium, just in time for dress rehearsals to begin.
“I’m personally confident in the way it looks so far,” said senior Mike Rosenberg, who serves as the production’s stage manager. “It’s a good sign that everything is moving so well.”
Last week was the first time the crew, orchestra and cast were able to work together on the same stage as they ready for their first performance Mar. 7. The show includes two casts of 78 cast members, 40 student crew and 40 orchestra musicians.
“Things have been going really well,” said senior viola player Carrie Jones as she prepared for rehearsal. “I’m really looking forward to this one. The music is amazing and it’s a very different musical from most others we’ve done. Being my last performance, this is definitely going to be a memorable one for me.”
Cast members began auditioning for the show in December and were informed of their roles prior to winter break.
Since then students have been practicing and rehearsing all around the school and on their own time, but the chance to finally take the stage in front of the massive set was exciting for all those involved.
Though the theater chairs were only full of student coats, backpacks and empty instrument cases, the students know family and friends soon will fill the auditorium and be looking on.
“I feel like we’ve been well prepared for this, and I feel the cast has put in a lot of time in and out of school,” Memegas said. “Everything is really starting to move and get going. I’ve very excited for opening night.”