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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ to be performed at Orpheum

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ to be performed at Orpheum

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 8:03 pm

A few lucky fans of musical theatre will have one more opportunity to see a spectacular local production of “The Phantom of the Opera” when the cast and crew of Amory (Miss.) High School Musicals take their show “on the road” to The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.
On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the small town theatre group, which has also become known as “the little engine that could,” will again provide regional audiences with a spectacular version of this dramatic story set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The show originally opened at Amory High School in February for five nightly performances, during which more than 3,500 attendees were enthralled by the performances, backed by stunning sets and more than 150 period costumes. A senior staff writer for The Monroe Journal put her response to the performances in words: “It’s a rare and inspiring experience.”
The all-high school cast gives stirring performances across the board, from the deeply moving leading roles to the colorful supporting roles of Carlotta, the operatic diva; the Paris Opera House theatre managers, Messieurs Andre and Fermin, who are audience favorites with their harmonic and humorous duets, and the many other roles made memorable on stage by excellent performances. The role of the Phantom is played by Amory High School senior Chris Miller, whose performances have been noted as reminiscent of a “young Michael Crawford,” the famous London stage actor who made an indelible impression on audiences privileged to see him perform the role. The female lead role of Christine Daae is exquisitely filled by Erica Nicholson, also a senior at Amory High. Miss Nicholson beautifully portrays the central object of desire, torn between the love of the Phantom and Raoul. She is utterly captivating in many of her solo moments and the vocal demands of the role.
Box seats are already sold out and other seats are expected to sell out quickly, based on the popularity of the musical and the reputation of Amory High School Musicals for excellent production and performances. Currently, seats are available at $35, $20 and $10. Obtain tickets for this one-night-only performance by calling (662) 256 3576.

Published in The Messenger 4.7.11

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