Builder with Phantom touch sought
The Nelson Youth Theatre Company is looking for a builder to help them bring the Phantom of the Opera to life.
Director and producer Richard Carruthers said they were looking for someone, be it a (retired) builder or carpenter, to create two royal boxes in the Theatre Royal auditorium on either side of the stage.
‘‘As well as devise means for candles to float out of a mist in the Phantom’s lair, a boat to flow seamlessly across the stage, and numerous other magical devices.’’
Carruthers said they would normally get by with the help of parents but this time around they were ‘‘outside our normal range of staging expertise’’.
‘‘If there are any retired or professional builders out there looking for a challenge, we would love to hear from them in a voluntary capacity to help us solve some of these staging challenges.’’
The boxes would need to look like they were part of the historic Theatre Royal, whilst being freestanding and eas- ily assembled and taken down.
‘‘They have to obviously be sturdy enough for people to climb into and out of and to act from and so on.’’
The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.
He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
Carruthers said the cast was on schedule and had been rehearsing for the past four weeks.
‘‘Staging the Phantom of the Opera is a real challenge, all those magical moments that everyone’s seen in the big Broadway or West End versions of the show have to somehow be transposed into our little theatre.
‘‘But I’m confident people will not be disappointed either in our staging or in our cast’s abilities to sing those sublime top notes.’’
Anyone with building experience keen to help out can contact Richard Carruthers via email@example.com.
The is on at Theatre Royal from April 8 to 21.
Bri Weir as Christine and Daniel de Clercq as the Phantom in the production of
at the Theatre Royal.