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Lead Actor Who Died in Act One Looks Suspiciously Like New Ensemble Member in Act Two

by Luke Maynus. @luke.maynus.

WYOMING, MI. - Suspicions arose this Saturday when an observant audience member noticed an interesting inconsistency during a local production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as the actor who portrayed Adolfo Pirelli in act one shared a striking resemblance to the actor who plays Street Urchin/Shop Patron in act two.

“I don’t understand what all the fuss is about! I’m Dave Peters. I play Adolfo, and he dies. What’s so difficult to understand?” asked the roughly 5’10” man with shaggy dark hair, and a scar above his right eye. “I heard that guy in the ensemble is really attractive and cool though.”

After informing Peters that we were looking to interview the aforementioned ensemble member, he left the room and shortly after, Peter Daves walked in.

“I don’t understand what all the fuss is about! I’m Dave Pet- I mean, uh I’m Peter Daves. I play Street Urchin/Shop Patron, and those characters only appear in act two. What’s so difficult to understand?” inquired the roughly 5’10” man with shaggy dark hair, a scar above his right eye, and a clearly fake mustache. “I heard that guy that plays Adolfo is like the most talented one in the cast though. A lot of people say he should’ve been Sweeney!”

After witnessing Peter Daves’ mustache fall off, we decided to hire a private investigator, Detective Aloysius Hines, to finally get to the bottom of this conspiracy.

“I waited until Adolfo’s death, and followed Dave Peters as he made his way to the dressing room,” explained the detective in between enormous puffs of a comically large pipe. “I don’t know if there’s a back exit in there or something, but he never came back out! However, a guy that looked a lot like him - but with a mustache - did come out for the second act.”

After not finding enough non-circumstantial evidence, Detective Hines unfortunately deemed the case cold.

Regardless, it seems the Wyoming community has already moved on to a more pressing mystery; the striking resemblance between the actor playing Sweeney Todd, and the director’s talentless son.


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