Varland Designs Costumes for Wolf Trap Center in D.C.

August 24, 2011

Rooth Varland, Associate Professor and Department Coordinator for NDSU Theatre, designed costumes for Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts outside of Washington, DC.  The production ran Friday, July 22, 2011.

Presented by the Wolf Trap Opera Company, this gripping story is told in a fully staged production, featuring a new Operascape video project design.  The National Symphony Orchestra will be onstage, bringing Sondheim’s score to life in vivid and powerful detail.  Sweeney Todd is a musical thriller about Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years of imprisonment on false charges.  He learns his wife poisoned herself and begins to exact revenge on the man he holds responsible.

This is the fifth production Varland has worked on with director Tara Faircloth.  For more information about Sweeney Todd, please visit

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