The Payson High School (PHS) drama students wowed the crowds this weekend with their rendition of the dark musical drama “Sweeney Todd.”
PHS senior Cody Schuler impressed the crowd with his rendition of the psychotic barber Sweeney Todd, who lures his victims to his barber shop only to turn them into meat pies.
Schuler’s demonic laughter rocked the theater.
The last role Schuler played was the happy-go-lucky awkward sidekick, Dennis, in the musical “All Shook Up.” In that production, Schuler played his character’s loopy comedic part to perfection.
The character, Sweeney Todd, stretched Schuler to play a deeper, darker role. He performed the part to the delight of the audience and carried the play.
Leah Brahm played Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney’s partner in crime. She matched Schuler’s laughter with her own chilling cackle.
The set, lovingly designed by Thomas Walling, had multiple levels and covered four locations from Sweeney’s establishment, to the jail, to a luxurious parlor room, to Mrs. Lovett’s meat pie shop.