As if Wellesley High’s production of Sweeney Todd wasn’t dramatic enough already, a small fire broke out on stage Saturday night during the final performance of the play and forced those in attendance to head outside into the freezing temps while Wellesley firefighters handled the situation.
According to Wellesley Parents of Performing Students on social media, a rag fell off the stage set, hit a light and started a fire. “Cast, crew, and musicians all remained so calm and poised,” Wellesley POPS tweeted.
The show went on after firefighters handled the fire. The coincidence of the song “City on Fire” being performed right after the unexpected intermission wasn’t lost on those at the show.
The dark musical, which we had seen the night before, actually starts with a scene in which a group of Londoners huddle around a faux fire to warm themselves.