Sweeney Todd Production Gets A Little Too Realistic

I wonder if one of the kids was named “Nick?”

More likely “Slash”

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A high school musical in New Zealand got a little too real this week when a prop razor used in a throat-slitting scene ended up cutting the necks of two boys and sending them to a local hospital overnight.

Students at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland were performing the opening night of Sweeney Todd before parents and other audience members Wednesday when things went badly wrong. Set in Victorian London, the musical depicts a barber who slits his customer’s throats with a razor and uses the bodies to make meat pies.

The head of Saint Kentigern College, Steve Cole, told radio station Newstalk ZB the razor used in the show was real but had been bound in duct tape. He said he has no idea what went wrong during a scene midway through the Second Act.

Now, mind you, someone needs to explain how TWO kids cut cut.

One, that I can understand.

But the Second??

4 Responses to “Sweeney Todd Production Gets A Little Too Realistic”

  1. gregor says:

    Emo kids + drama club… bad mix.

  2. tree hugging sister says:

    And Bingley laughed at me for hiding my eyes when I took him to see the original on Broadway. MOCKED me, in fact.

  3. aelfheld says:

    Enthusiastic understudy?

  4. Kathy Kinsley says:

    I agree. One is mistake. Two is getting really iffy. Three would be proof but I’m nonetheless thankful it didn’t get that far.

    That said, if they had nice fake blood packets that were supposed to be cut, it could be that the cutter couldn’t tell – except, perhaps, from the probable screams. (That article wasn’t exactly informative.)

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