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Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 5:55 p.m.

Huron High School's 'Sweeney Todd' cast gets perspective from someone who was there at the show's beginning

By Staff


Judy Dow Rumelhart speaks to the Huron Players on Thursday.

Melanie Maxwell |

Huron High School's Huron Players are preparing an ambitious production for spring, the Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." And Thursday afternoon, they got a visit from someone with some very deep ties to the show: Judy Dow Rumelhart, the local philanthropist and performer who was an associate producer of the musical's original Broadway run.

Rumelhart is involved with countless local arts organizations and other charitable causes. She has been honored with the University of Michigan School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award and has performed in a number of musicals. She spoke to the students about the musical, some of its characters, and her experiences as a performer.


Judy Dow Rumelhart meets with students Thursday.

Melanie Maxwell |

The school edition of “Sweeney Todd," directed by Wendy Sielaff, with music direction by Dr. Richard Ingram, will be performed at Huron on Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. at Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller Road.

“Sweeney Todd” premiered on Broadway in 1979 and ran for 557 performances. The musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years' transportation on false charges. When he learns from his former landlady that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the judge who wrongly transported him, he vows revenge.

Tickets - $13 general, $10 for students/seniors, $40 for a family of four - go on sale at the door 45 minutes prior to performance, or may be ordered in advance at; for more information call 734-994-2096.


James Martin

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 1:49 a.m.

Judy Dow and I met while I attended the U of M "MANY" years ago. She was a wonderful friend and helped me in so many wonderful ways. I met up with her again in NYC while she lived there and rekindled the relationship. I would love to hear from her again. Jimmy Martin - Please contact me. Jimmy (Nanki-Poo)