Builder with Phan­tom touch sought

Nelson Mail - - LEISURE - SARA MEIJ

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 nel­sonytc@gmail.com.

The is on at Theatre Royal from April 8 to 21.

MARTIN DE RUYTER/NEL­SON MAIL

Bri Weir as Chris­tine and Daniel de Clercq as the Phan­tom in the pro­duc­tion of

at the Theatre Royal.

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