Cram cracks it
MOSSMAN actor Shaun Cram is over the moon at landing a prominent role in the Cairns Choral Society’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.
It’s quite a coup for Cram, whose longstanding theatre activities sit alongside his hospital theatre activities as head of nurse training at Mossman Hospital.
The CCS’s Phantom opens on January 17 and rehearsals are well underway.
As it is owned by the Really Useful Group, the show has to meet strict professional levels as laid down by its creator. That means the full works – costumes, scenery, big cast and a full orchestra.
It’s all music to Shaun’s ears.
The actor and tenor vocalist said he wanted to work with the Choral Society ever since he saw their production of The Producers. ‘‘I must work with these people,’’ he decided. When it came time to audition for Phantom, Shaun faced a seven-woman panel. ‘‘That was an evening I will never forget,’’ said the actor. ‘‘I was nervous as all get out.’’
He had his eye on a certain role, not so prominent, and was delighted and amazed to come away with a plum part in the form of Mr Andre. ‘‘ They were gracious and lovely and they gave me a bigger role,’’ he laughs. ‘‘ I couldn’t believe it. It’s so exciting.’’
He says the 73 cast, 23 dancers and the orchestra have been buzzing since work got underway.
‘‘Everybody’s on a high,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s going to be a cracker of a show. It’s got everything – love, drama, murder. It’s a fantastic love story.’’
PHANTASTIC: Shaun Cram