High school to stage ‘Phantom of the Opera’

Camden Hills Regional High School students prepare for the Nov. 10-19 run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” at the school’s Strom Auditorium in Rockport.
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Camden Hills Regional High School students prepare for the Nov. 10-19 run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” at the school’s Strom Auditorium in Rockport.
Posted Oct. 28, 2011, at 10:21 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Andrew Lloyd Webberʼs musical “The Phantom of the Opera’ will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10-12, and Nov. 17-19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Strom Auditorium, Camden Hills Regional High School. Tickets are $12 reserved seating, or $10 or $6 general admission.

A special family show at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, will be performed with a discounted price of $5 per person, general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.stromtickets.com or by calling 236-7800, ext. 282.

Opening night, Thursday, Nov. 10, will feature senior Ian Doran as The Phantom and senior Emily Sargent as Christine. They will be joined by Alex Wilder as Raoul, Mary Caitlin Parks as Carlotta, Emma Theobalds as Madame Giry and Kate Rich as Meg.

On Friday, Nov. 11, The Phantom will be played by Aidan Kaczynski, with Louisa Klemperer as Christine, Sean Oshima as Raoul, Alice Limoges as Carlotta, Taylor Fairfield-Lavoie as Madame Giry and Gretta Buckley as Meg.

The two casts will alternate their performances on each night of the run. Opening the show each night will be Stan Grunder as the Auctioneer. Jake Klingelhofer will tromp around the stage as Piangi, the operaʼs leading tenor.

Jonah Carter will play the ill-fated Joseph Buquet. The Hannibal rehearsal will be conducted by M. Reyer, played by Eddie McCluskey. Zachary Stern as M. Lefevre is determined to leave the cursed opera house behind. However, the operas continue to be staged under the new owners M. Firmin played by Jacob Corney and M. Andre played by John Cummons.

Featured in the operas will be Evan Donoso as Don Attilo, Will Conover as Passarino, with Jolly Brown, Shayna Cohen and Savannah Szumilas as the opening trio in “Il Muto.”

Rounding out the ensemble in a variety of roles will be Emily Albert, Tori Arau, Taylor Benner, Carly Berke, Annie Brady, Anna Gambell, Carolin Helmholz, Kaylin Henning, Sydney Hendrick, Frannie Howard-Girard, Margaret Keefe, Meg Peabody, Austin Pohlman, Eddie Socker, Lindsay Taylor and Bethany Vix.

Featured dancers will be Caroline Albertson, Frances Bray-Bateman, Dakota Hanke-Ledwith, Katie Moody, Madison Imus and Lauren Zontini.

Five students will join a host of adult musicians in the pit orchestra. They are Elizabeth Belair, clarinet; Sam McKenna, oboe; Andrew Kyle, trumpet; Jenny Karod, viola; and Duncan Hall, cello.

The production is directed by Kim Murphy with assistance by Joani Mitchell, Kathleen Hawkes, Erin Chenard, student producer Abby Ulmer plus many volunteer parents and community members.

Technical direction is by Rick Ash and a large crew of students and adults.

CHRHS purchased the rights for the show through the Rodgers and Hammerstein library. Part of the licensing agreement is that the show be performed in full. Because it is so vocally challenging, six of the leads are double-cast. CHRHS also purchased the rights to a musical enhancement system called InstrumentalEase. This widely used and acclaimed “instrument” augments the pit orchestra, and was created by one of the Camden parents, Fred Bianchi.

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