Cram cracks it

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.’’

Pic­ture: LANA GARD­NER

PHANTASTIC: Shaun Cram

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