I was talking to a friend of mine last week, who was working as one of the technicians for Sweeney Todd, who told me that the show contained over 300 lighting cues, significant numbers of sound cues, an absurd number of costumes, a strong makeup department, as well as a full orchestra pit. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, when I say that Sweeney Todd cannot be done by a uni troupe perfectly. Resource restrictions dictate that it can’t be. But it is shocking, in the way that many St Andrews productions often are, that this production of Sweeney got as close as it did. Warts and all, Sweeney Todd was an example of what a great show in the Byre can be.
Satirical, irreverent, and beautifully crafted, Just So’s production of Urinetown (The Musical) burst onto the Byre Stage during this year’s On The Rocks Festival. Directed by Ryan Hay, Urinetown balanced some outstanding set design with a number of solid performances, yet was unfortunately let down due to issues with the show’s audio and a few uneven numbers.
The narrator, “Man in Chair,” perhaps best articulated the point of Musical Theatre: at the end of the day, the goal of (most) musicals is to make you happy. And Monday’s performance of The Drowsy Chaperone did just that. In spite of a few technical glitches, The Drowsy Chaperone, was charming, hilarious, and an absolutely wonderful reminder of just how fun musicals can be.
Owl Eyes is given backstage access to rehearsals of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.