A teenage production of “Sweeney Todd” at a New Zealand high school turned unexpectedly frightening as two students involved in the production had their throats cut with real razors during the musical.
It was the opening night for the show at Saint Kentigern College Auckland, when a razor prop gone wrong cut two 16-year-olds’ throats. While both were immediately taken to a nearby hospital with moderate to severe injuries, they have since been discharged.
According to Mashable, the razor had been “blunted” and used in rehearsals for many months—“It was from a prop that was covered in all sorts of duct tape, foam and silver paper," Steve Cole, Head of College at Saint Kentigern said. "It was an unfortunate, isolated incident which we are very disturbed about."
The plot of Sweeney Todd centers around a murderous barber who kills his customers by cutting their throats with razors; unfortunately, that plot became all too real during the high school production.
"We are very concerned about the accident at our school last night and we are investigating the causes of this," Cole said to TVNZ. "We are pleased that both boys are in a stable condition and have been talking with both their families. Our priority is to support the boys and their families, along with the rest of the cast and crew."
This incident should serve as a warning to all high school students attempting to put on this musical: use fake razors.
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