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Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett

When I was a kid, I had grandparents who were very fond of the theatre, and who made sure that I and other family members were able to experience live shows at the "big theatres" in Los Angeles as the occasion called for it.  Of course, that also meant going to more dinner-theatre shows than I would've done on my own.  Time has made my memories of some of them a bit hazy.  To this day I remember Showboat, Annie Get Your Gun, and the Unsinkable Molly Brown as one big mega-story with colliding plotlines, songs and characters.
Most of us didn't know ahead of time the plots of these plays.  If they were new, none of us knew .  My grandparents had season tickets, so off we'd go.

Why give you my lifestory instead of "how-to?"  There isn't as much to tell here.  I used colored Super Sculpey, my clay of choice for recent sculpting projects, mostly because I don't enjoy painting as much as I used to.  And caricatures are more fun (and easier!) than true likenesses.
Angela and George were My First, so I opted to caricature their look.  Sweeney is in a typical Hearn pose: stiff, hunched, locked in perpetual fury.  And of course, splattered with blood.  The "razor" is made of that clear, stiff packaging plastic that every toy is encased in, attached to a rolled-up bit of Apoxie clay.
Mrs. Lovett was a bit more intricate.  I decided to give her more delicate and expressive fingers than I'd ever given a Sculpey figure before, considering that it was "just" a caricature.  You can see in her profile how the left fingers curl under each other.  Her wooden "platter" is real wood and painted with a brown wash to make it look grubbier and grainier.
Two different colors of Sculpey were rolled together, but not completely mixed so as to create the striped look to her dress.  The top part is still striped, but less noticeably.  The trim was translucent Sculpey, which finally came in handy.  I also used that and some white to pale her appearance a bit.  We must also pay homage to the silly buns on her orange head.
Of course she has to be offering a savory and sweet meat pie.  One made especially for you.  Try a bite, dearie!

At age 9 (I think), we went to see the big theatre version of Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn.  My family, especially my mother, was horrified by it.  I was thrilled.  At age 9, I decided pretty much at that time to join the Dark Side.  Not that I'm a huge fan of horror and gore - I prefer big, loud superhero movies - but this and exposure to things like The Addams Family fanned the flames of my macabre side.  And, hey, the songs are fabulous.

Let's hope these two crazy kids make a life for themselves down by the sea.  Wouldn't that be smashing?

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street was written by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

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