Because they are so dedicated to their work, actors often loose themselves in their roles and live out the rest of their days wearing Victorian frock coats and speaking with southern accents. Admire several new identities with today's Groupon: for $24, you get two premium tickets to a performance of Sweeney Todd on Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre Cedar Rapids (a $53 value).
From it's 1925 roots as a small troupe of aspiring thespians performing in front of 30 audience members, Theatre Cedar Rapids has blossomed into an award-winning community company, earning it the title of Best Theater of 2010 in KCRG-TV9's CityVoter poll.
Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim's grisly musical thriller, spins the tale of an infamous London barber who takes out his thirst for revenge on the newly shaven throats of his customers, while his conspirator, the pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, disposes of the bodies in a unique and savory way.
The troubadours tread the boards at the recently refurbished Iowa Theater Building, an opulent 513-seat former movie and vaudeville house that boasts an operable Rhinestone Barton organ. The company recommends guests leave children at home, as Sweeney Todd deals with mature themes such as violence and Social Security benefits. Tickets can be picked up at will call starting one hour before the performance.
CityVoters awarded Theatre Cedar Rapids the Best Theater in 2010.
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