Two 16-year-old boys in New Zealand were hospitalized this week after their throats were accidentally cut during their high school’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
St. Kentigern College officials told local New Zealand media that the students had rehearsed with the prop — a straight-edge razor wrapped in layers of cellophane and silver paper — many times without injury.
“This clearly had been checked many, many times,” headmaster Stephen Cole told Newstalk. “It had been bound in cellophane, bound in all sorts of things it was very non-sharp, blunted. These particular scenes had been rehearsed, full dress rehearsal six, seven, eight times and this particular scene, many many times since the start of rehearsals”.
Police told the outlet that there was no indication that the slashings were deliberate.
Luckily, both boys were discharged from the hospital, though the remaining performances of the show were canceled by the college.
Probably for the best.