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Historic Oxford Schoolhouse Presents a Lecture on Victorian Penny Dreadfuls - Oct. 1

Expires [Saturday, October 01, 2016]

CONTACT: April Bishop
Cultural Arts Coordinator
(913) 663-9157

EVENT: Victorian Penny Dreadful Literature
Lecture presented by Dr. Chris McCoy

DATE: Saturday, October 1, 2016

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The Historic Oxford Schoolhouse
In Ironwoods Park
147th and Mission Rd., Leawood, KS


Historic Oxford Schoolhouse Presents a Lecture on
Victorian Penny Dreadfuls

The docents of the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse will host a fascinating program on Saturday, October 1st beginning at 6:30 pm in the historic one-room schoolhouse in Ironwoods Park, located at 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, Kansas 66224.

Join us as Dr. Chris McCoy presents "The Literary Legacy of Penny Dreadfuls in the creation of "Sweeney Todd." This History for All Ages Lecture will examine Victorian Literature and specifically “The String of Pearls”, the original story of Sweeney Todd.

Social changes in the mid-1800s resulted in increased literacy rates and improvements in the printing industry established the concept of reading as a form of leisure. Penny Dreadful exploits of criminal and supernatural entities were aimed at the working class male market. This sensational, inexpensive, serialized literature produced many classic thrilling tales still popular today.

The infamous tale of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is based on a Penny Dreadful series. Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up!

This program will be presented by Dr. Chris McCoy, Assistant Professor of Theatre at William Jewell College. McCoy serves as the artistic director for the Leawood Stage Company and has directed such classics as The Music Man, Guys & Dolls and Hello Dolly for Leawood Stage Company. His directing credits include theaters in the area and on Broadway, but his passion for education is paramount and evident in his ability to share knowledge.

The Historic Oxford Schoolhouse presents this program in coordination with the Leawood Stage Company's musical production of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”.

The popular Stephen Sondheim musical production of Sweeney Todd, directed by Tiffany Schweigert, will be performed in the Lodge at Ironwoods Park on September 29th - October 2nd.

Advance tickets for “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will be sold throughout the month of September at the Parks and Recreation Desk on the lower level of Leawood City Hall for only $5.00 per person. Cash or checks only please.

Come by the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse prior to the Saturday performance to learn about the Victorian literary style that gave birth to Sweeney Todd. For more information on this free lecture, contact April Bishop at the City of Leawood, 913-663-9157, or Email aprilb@leawood.org.

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