Broadway musical at Camden Hills Regional High School

Posted June 14, 2011, at 3:24 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” opened on Broadway in 1988, and continues to be the longest-running show on Broadway (overtaking “Cats” in 2006).  The opportunity to perform a current Broadway show is usually not an option for high school theatrical groups as the royalties are not available. However, through a special arrangement with Webber’s Real Group and Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals, the licensing of “The Phantom of the Opera” is now available to high schools. Camden Hills Regional HS will produce this historic show in November.

The Camden Hills theater department invites any students interested in working behind the scenes in the 2011 fall musical “Phantom of the Opera” to come to the CHRHS Black Box 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, June 16.  Students will have the opportunity to meet the directors and get an overview of what will be involved in presenting this Broadway blockbuster on the Strom stage.

The technical aspects of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic should offer something for everyone: set design, scenery construction, scene painting, lighting and sound design, special effects, costuming, makeup, hair styling and more.

No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn about theater and design, meet new people and have fun.

In addition to pizza, the June 16 “picnic” will provide a chance for members of the Class of 2015 to meet upperclassmen before their orientation at the end of August.

In addition to the meeting on June 16,  there will be workshops during the summer for those interested in set and lighting design. Regular tech sessions for others will begin on Monday, Aug. 29.

For further information about the technical aspects of the show, contact tech director Rick Ash, rick_ash@fivetowns.net.

For CHRHS students interested in performing in the show, auditions will be Aug. 30 and 31 and Sept 1.  Throughout the summer, vocal “stretch your range” workshops will be given. Students interested in auditioning should contact director Kim Murphy, kim_murphy@fivetowns.net.

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