Opera and Musical Theatre

The Opera/Music Theatre Program provides an encouraging atmosphere for all who have an interest in performing music theatre on the stage. Music and Theatre majors participate in the program. There are full productions of standard and newer shows each year and a training workshop each semester.  Applied Music majors take classes in the core curriculum and then address this Concentration with ensembles and electives that relate to opera, music theatre and language/diction.  Private vocal instruction is an important component of this program. 

Recent Productions
2017-2018       You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
2016-2017       The Magic Flute
2015-2016       Into The Woods
2014-2015       Heroines
2013-2014       Fiddler On The Roof

Quantum Opera Theatre was created by Dr. Lynne Morrow to produce SSU student music theatre, workshop new music theatre in the summer and bring composers and professional singers to campus to work with students. 


Sweeney Todd

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music Direction by Lynne Morrow
Stage Direction by Doyle Ott
January 31 - February 11, 2019
Evert B. Person Theatre
From Adaptation by Christopher Bond
Original Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Orchestration by Jonathan Tunick

One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince. http://stageagent.com/shows/musical/835/sweeney-todd


Aug 23, 6-10p, Person Theatre
Aug 24, 6-10p, Person Theatre


Aug 25, 10a-4p, Ives Hall (various spaces TBA)

AUDITION SIGN UP (link is coming)

Please also complete:

AUDITION QUESTIONAIRE (See sign-in instruction, to of page, under STEPS TO AUDITION)


Prepare and memorize:
1. One monologue, not to exceed 90 seconds
2. Two contrasting songs (at least one in English) not to exceed 3 minutes combined
3. Together, the monologue and song(s) should not be more than 5 minutes

Be sure to bring legible sheet music for the pianist/accompanist in a 3-ring binder that makes it easy for the pianist to turn pages.
If you have not prepared either a monologue or songs, please come anyway. We’d love to see you! We can work out a way to get a feel for your interests, experience and skills.

Participation in the “Sweeney Todd” will be credited as a class. Students cast in “Sweeney Todd” in Theatre Arts & Dance majors register for THAR 330 in the fall and spring semester, while Music majors and minors should register for MUSIC 330. Rehearsal times fall as indicated below on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and on one Saturday per month. For this production, only those rehearsing will be called, but the cast must be available for all the times listed below.

First Rehearsal
T August 28, 7-10p

Rehearsal Call Times
FALL 2018, GMC 1027 & 1028
Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-10p plus the following Saturdays:

S Sept 22 from 10a-5p
S Oct 20, from 10a-5p
S Nov 3, from 10a-5p
S Dec 1 from 10a-5p

SPRING 2019, Person Theatre
T Jan 22 (2019) from 7p-10p
M, T, W, TH evenings, 7-10p 1/22-1/31

Technical Rehearsals
TH Jan 31 from 7p-10p (Sitzprobe with Orchestra)
S Feb 2 from 10:30a -10:30p
Su Feb 3 from 10:30a -10:30p

Dress Rehearsals
M-W Feb 4, 5, 6, from 6:30p -11p

Week One: TH Feb 7, 7:30p (OPENING); F Feb 8, 7:30p; S Feb 9, 7:30p; Su Feb 10, 5p (Post-Show Discussion)
Week Two: T Feb 12, 10a (9-12 FREE MATINEE, Piano Only); TH Feb 14, 7:30p (Fac/Staff night); F Feb 15, 7:30p; S Feb 16, 7:30p; Su Feb 17, 2p (CLOSING MATINEE)

Available Roles
All roles are open to all ethnicities and cultural heritages.

Sweeney Todd (Baritone)
Anthony Hope (Tenor)
Johanna (Soprano)
Mrs. Lovett (Alto)
Judge Turpin (Baritone)
Adolfo Pirelli (Tenor)
Tobias Ragg ( Tenor)
Beggar Woman (Mezzo-Soprano)
Beadle Bamford (Tenor)
Bird Seller (Spoken)
Jonas Fogg (Spoken)
Ensemble (Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Baritone, Bass)