Although theatre has been evolving in Saskatoon over the years, it was still a risk for Saskatoon Summer Players’ to bring the grotesque tale of Sweeney Todd to life in the city for the first time. However, it was a risk that certainly paid off.The story of Sweeney Todd, to understate, is a dark one. For those who prefer more family-oriented productions like last year’s Summer Players production of Annie, Sweeney Todd may not be the musical to attend — especially for those who don’t do too well with gore, or with an entire song about what types of people taste the best (A Little Priest.)In a sentence, the show is about a barber, who after being in jail for 15 years, comes back to London with a vengeance — and a taste for blood. But the show also proves to be so much more. Although the story prominently features murder and meat pies, at its core, the story of Sweeney Todd is also a love story. As the show goes on, each character proves all of their actions are based in love — no matter how twisted their idea of love may be.BJ Dyck’s performance of Todd, for example, perfectly showcases how one can be led to do monstrous things because something horrible happened to the people he loved.Another notable portion of Dyck’s performance lies in his eyes. As he sings to his barber’s razors, as well as when he begins murdering his patrons, Dyck gets an insane, almost maniacal look in his eyes, perfectly showcasing just how dark Todd’s character has become, from the 15 years he spent in jail to the revenge he craves when he gets back to London.For the first show, there were some inevitable technical issues. It was difficult to understand some of the things Mrs. Lovett, one of the main characters of the show, was saying. However, despite the technical issues, Amanda Trulicz-Lapointe still shines as Lovett, the owner of a struggling meat pie shop, which she self proclaims has the “worst pies in London.”In contrast to Dyck’s maniacal look, Trulicz-Lapointe is much more subtle in showing her character’s true intentions. For the majority of the show, she remains a calm, collected presence, like when she finds out Todd has killed one of the patrons of his shop, she merely has the idea to bake the victims into her meat pies.At its core, Sweeney Todd shows the dark side of humanity, especially in what people are willing to do for love. Although it’s a fictional tale, when sitting in the audience one can’t help but think of all the horrors people are capable of, which seems to be exactly what the darker side of theatre is for.