Spot­light takes on Phan­tom of the Opera ..........

Spot­light’s Phan­tom is al­ready a hit be­fore it opens, writes Jes­sica Hux­ley

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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

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