There’s no place like London. - Sweeney Todd
[Sorry I haven’t been around much or said much. I’m really shy. I also haven’t been feeling Lucy much lately, but I still want to play her. Sorry!
Character(s) : Lucy Barker/The Beggar Woman from Sweeney Todd
Favorite Burton Film : Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow, Big Fish, Dark Shadows. He’s brilliant. I haven’t seen all of his films though. I love his use of color and the dark humor.
Why I decided to play Lucy : Well I RP-ed Lucy with Twisted Genius RPG (and sadly the group died as our plot was getting good) and it was my first time auditioning for a character. My heart just goes out to Lucy. She’s beautiful and an angel and sweet. She doesn’t deserve this life.
Basically, I became a big fan of the actress who plays her in the movie - Laura Michelle Kelly (I saw her in Mary Poppins on Broadway!) - and I was upset that Lucy doesn’t get her happy ending. I started writing fanfiction where Sweeney recognizes her and they fix her up and she’s still a little sick and a little crazy but she starts to remember.
It’s really fun to play this vacant, distant character. Sometimes she’ll remember everything and sometimes she has no idea who she is. Sometimes when she’s yelling for help it’s like she’s yelling in gibberish and no one can understand her, and she gets frustrated when no one is willing to help.
Burton characters I’d most like to see : We definitely need a Johanna. I feel like Johanna is the only one who Lucy could possibly talk to and make a connection with. Since Lovett hates her and Sweeney most likely won’t pay attention long enough to notice that Lucy is his wife.
Once we get a Judge and a Beadle I’m completely screwed.
Favorite Burton film quotation : The complete lyrics to “A Little Priest” and “By the Sea”. And of course a classic line from Dark Shadows: “Every year I get half as pretty and twice as drunk.”
A fun/random fact about me : I went to college for theatre. My college did a fantastic production of Sweeney Todd which made me completely fall in love with the show, the score, and just everything Sweeney Todd. I did a 13-page research paper tracing the history of the show from the ‘penny dreadful’ A String of Pearls to the non-musical version to the Sondheim show. And I got an A. I researched Bedlam asylum, the affects of arsenic poisoning on the body (so I know what Lucy feels), as well as London during the time in which the show/film was set. And there was a detailed analysis of the score. For example:
Another example of Sondheim’s genius is that a mere melody reveals one of the biggest secrets of the show: that the Beggar Woman is Todd’s lost wife, Lucy. “This first appeared during Mrs. Lovett’s account of Judge Turpin’s rape of Todd’s young wife, Lucy, at the masked ball [the song “Poor Thing”]…The minuet is in fact a clue to the Beggar Woman’s identity, being the tune of her raunchy song in the opening scene, when she offers herself for money to Todd and Anthony” (Blyton 24).
Genius. I get chills thinking of this.
A random fact about me? I used to be all about Mrs. Lovett. I still love her and she AND Lucy are two of my dream roles, but…I’m more of a Lucy fan right now.
I still prefer the stage musical to the film. Although the film gets major points because my role model is in it. Although watching the film to see my role model is really depressing.
Another random fact? I was in a production of The Sound of Music this summer as a nun. Quite different from Sweeney Todd.
Other interests/hobbies : This is what happens to me. I get obsessed with a Broadway musical and I do research learning EVERYTHING I CAN about the show, the music, the time period, the actors, the characters. I’m obsessed with Mary Poppins – the Musical, which is how I became a fan of Laura Michelle Kelly (Lucy in the film) and currently, the musical Evita.
Singing, writing, acting, dancing, obsessing over musicals, Harry Potter, Once Upon a Time, Disney Princesses. I don’t really fit into a Tim Burton world, do I?
I also really love Helena Bonham Carter. I think she’s brilliant. I’ve seen a lot of her work.
Burton characters I’m most like : I really don’t know. I see parts of me in many different characters but I can’t pick just one that I’m most like.
(I know I already did this but I wrote it a long time ago, so here’s a more updated version, with the tags.)
Character(s) : Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd
Favorite Burton Film : Probably (and obviously) Sweeney Todd! It’s just… ugh. I love love love Sondheim, and the original script was made so much better in the movie, plus all of Burton’s amazing ideas. <3 Definitely my favorite. But I also adore Edward Scissorhands. And pretty much all of his films.
Why I decided to play Nellie : Well, I can honestly say that before last August, the only Tim Burton film I’d ever seen was Alice in Wonderland. I’d heard of him, but just as another random director. In August, I auditioned for Sweeney Todd and my community theater and was cast as Mrs. Lovett! To prepare, I watched Burton’s movie. And fell in love so hard! I was so obsessed with her that I wrote a massive character background to help me play the part better, and I just watched the movie over and over with my Sweeney Todd, who was just as obsessed as me. So I’ve been looking around for RP sites where I can play Nell, and this one seemed amazing, so I did! And I’m so happy I did, because you guys are all amazing <3
Burton characters I’d most like to see : Hm… I think we’ve got a pretty decent array now! But, I would like to see a Johanna! I always like to think Nell tried to keep her before the Judge snatched her away, and it would be awesome to have a little Barker to interact with. Also, I think an Ichabod Crane would be awesome! I’ve always wanted Nell to interact with him xD Don’t ask why because I have no idea.
Favorite Burton film quotation : OHMYGOD in the Sweeney Todd original script, it’s not really a quote, but the stage directions KILL ME. Like I read it and legit burst into tears. Mrs. Lovett was originally supposed to know Sweeney was going to kill her. So okay here’s the quote:
She knows she is doomed.
But steps into his arms anyway for a final, triumphant waltz:
The history of the world, my pet—
(through tears) Oh, Mr. Todd,
Ooh, Mr. Todd,
Leave it to me…
Is learn forgiveness and try to forget.
(the lost dream)
By the sea, Mr. Todd,
We’ll be comfy-cozy,
By the sea, Mr. Todd,
Where there’s no one nosy…
He waltzes her toward the roaring oven.
She offers no resistance, fully aware of what’s coming.
The blazing, thundering inferno of the oven makes it seem
they are the damned, dancing through Hell.
And life is for the alive, my dear,
So let’s keep living it—!
Just keep living it,
Really living it—!
The music reaches a thundering crescendo as—
He flings her into the oven and slams the doors—
We hear her screaming. And banging on the oven doors.
Todd sinks to his knees and covers his ears desperately as
the banging and screaming and music finally fade to silence.
A fun/random fact about me : I am obsessed with musicals and acting, and when I was little I used to run around my house wearing a blanket as a cape and singing all three parts to the finale of the Phantom of the Opera.
Other interests/hobbies : Theater theater theater theater! My biggest dream is to be an actress - whether in theater or movies or tv I don’t really care. I’m obsessed and I’m always in at least one show. Right now, I’m in Pippin as Berthe (for those of you familiar with the show) and I’ll be auditioning for Oliver! soon. I’m also a huge Latin nerd and am reading the Aeneid for the second time in my AP Latin class. Um, I play the piano and love to read. I also play softball (third base) and love to dance and sing!
Burton characters I’m most like : Ooh that’s a hard one! Well, I’d say I’m like Nellie in that I kill humans and eat them. No, not really. But I tend to be very obsessed and devoted when I like someone (currently it’s my Sweeney x.o) and I think that I can think outside the box. And I’m extremely stubborn and kind of scatterbrained haha. Um, I’m like Victoria Winters in that I’m kind of quiet but I am devoted and get the job done. And also kind of awkward. There’s probably more, but I suppose that gives a little.
Another theater lover! So cool that you were Mrs. Lovett before you saw the Burton version of it. And now here you are as an awesome Lovett for us! :)
Oh! She gave us such a fright we thought she was a ghost, MRS. NELLIE LOVETT!
(Holy crap those stage directions! It’s not like that in the published version of the script. How fascinating. Another theatre lover!! So excited to RP with you.)