Spotlight takes on Phantom of the Opera ..........
Spotlight’s Phantom is already a hit before it opens, writes Jessica Huxley
AUDIENCES are in for a musical feast when Spotlight Theatre launches its production of Phantom of the Opera tomorrow night.
Director Tony Alcock’s latest production has almost completely sold out ahead of tomorrow’s opening night.
The story centres around Christine Daae´ who lands a position in the chorus at the Paris Opera House. There, she hears The Opera Ghost who agrees to teach her ‘‘heaven’s music’’.
The Voice is later revealed to be Erik, a disturbed musical genius. A tale of love and loss entails.
‘‘I personally don’t like the story because the wrong guy gets the girl in the end,’’ Alcock says.
‘‘It’s a story of choice and choosing beauty over love and that sort of thing.
‘‘I can’t help but wonder where it went after that choice.
‘‘ Phantom is pure romance and there’s not a lot of that around now.’’
Alcock took on the mammoth task of bringing Phantom to life when the rights for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical became available to local companies early this year.
‘‘I thought this could be amazing,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s been a lot of hard work for everybody involved.
‘‘It is a very complex score and is almost an opera in itself as nearly everything is sung.
‘‘The cast have risen to the challenge and I think the Gold Coast will be very surprised by the amount of talent.’’
Costuming alone has been six months in the planning.
‘‘It’s an epic musical and has epic requirements,’’ says Alcock.
‘‘People who usually play lead roles have taken an ensemble part because they just want to be involved in the production.’’
Alcock, who has worked in community theatre for 40 years, says the highlight of rehearsals was to see the musical play out under lights for the first time.
‘‘Seeing what the light plotters had developed and seeing it come alive was a defining moment during rehearsal,’’ he says.
‘‘The story is very emotional. The music itself has a strong emotional connection and it’s not unusual to see people in tears.
‘‘Everyone takes their own lessons away from the performance. I think people can’t help but be drawn into the story, but how it affects every individual is different.’’
Phantom of the Opera opens at Spotlight Theatre tomorrow night.
Phantom cast members at dress rehearsal