School takes on Phantom
Summerland Secondary School students will bring a complex and elaborate musical to the stage next month when they perform The Phantom of the Opera.
Heather Ayris, drama teacher at the high school, said the musical is a demanding project for the drama students.
“Musical theatre is difficult enough,” she said. “Throw in something like this and it becomes quite the challenge.”
The story is a gothic romance about the phantom, a horribly disfigured man, who falls in love with Christine, a singer, and prepares her to become an opera star. Christine, however, is in love with Raoul.
Ayris said the show will be characterized by “beautiful voices and wonderful actors.”
Jordan Reimer has the role of the phantom while Madison Johnson and Patricia Henninger will share the role of Christine.
The entire cast has around 100 actors and most will have four to eight costume changes through the performance.
“This show is probably the most extravagant and outrageous we’ve done,” Ayris said. “The costumes are just amazing.”
Ayris said the actors have been dedicated as some have worked on their parts since June.
“We have some extremely gifted singers this year for this show,” she said.
School trustee Linda Van Alphen agrees with Ayris after having a chance to see one of the rehearsals.
“It absolutley makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you listen to her,” she said. “I have been to see the Phantom of the Opera in New York. I went with trustee [Linda] Beavan and we enjoyed it, but I think this young lady is as good as or better.”
There is a lot of depth to Phantom, according to Ayris and it should be enjoyable for a wide audience. “There’s something in the show for everyone,” she said.
The performances are Feb. 15 to 18 and 22 to 25, beginning at 7 p.m.
A special masquerade will be held on Feb. 18 and audience members are encouraged to dress for the occasion.
From 6 to 7 p.m., there will be a silent auction, desserts and live music. Masks will be available for sale. All money raised will go to scholarships and for the high school’s drama program.
Tickets are available at the high school and at The Beanery on Victoria Road at Main Street.