By: Kitty H
The last weekend of January, “The Phantom of the Opera,” was performed at the Performing Arts Center. Students and actors alike were excited for the performances to begin, and everyone involved had high hopes for the musical. Sophomore Siobhan T had plans to go, and was looking forward to it, as she said, “I have never been to a musical before.” Sophomore Rachel K was also looking forward to the play, and had high expectations. “I’ve seen the movie before, but don’t really remember it,” said Rachel K.
Sophomore Grace B didn’t know anything about the play, but knew many people involved, and had been hearing all about the rehearsals from friends. Tierney had heard nothing about the actual performance, but knew that the band teachers and player were excited to perform, and that, “The pit [orchestral accompaniment] is an important part of the play.”
On the opening night of the play, tensions were running high, and nerves were present in all of the cast and crew alike. But, everything went off without a hitch, and senior Mackenzie B “Already has plans to go again… It was so good.” Bright had never seen the musical before, but said, “I’m obsessed now.”
On the second night of performances, everyone was more comfortable and excited to go, as the first night had gone so well. Props chair and junior, Hannah S said, “I’m so impressed with every cast and crew member involved… especially considering the time.” The speed at which the play came together was impressive, considering the two snowdays that the school had on the two scheduled dress rehearsals. Hannah said that the snowdays left “a lot of building left to do” which had to be completed during school.
Lighting chairperson and junior, Nancy D said, “There was a huge improvement with the cast and the music [from last year]… and the show in general has turned out better.” Senior Garrett C agreed, saying, “The production in total is really good.”
Senior Ivy H was the director for last year’s musical, “Candide,” as well as this year’s and said, “It was great getting to work with Mrs. T this year, since it was just Mr. Judge last year.” Mrs. Tatarka, the director and choreographer was away on maternity leave last year, so she was unable to help out with the musical, but made a return to help this year.
Senior Eva C was the lead female role, Christine, and said, “Everyone involved really brought it… and even though [the high school] didn’t have the same tech stuff, the spirit of [the musical] is the same.” Eva has been involved in many musicals before, but said, “The experience was amazing, if not the most difficult… [but] the challenge made it better.”
The first act went off without a hitch, and senior Rachel T said, “I had chills… I didn’t know so many people in our school were so talented.” The depth of talent in the school runs deep, and the young members of the cast allowed the play to happen, with two of the main leads being freshman, Dylan L as Raoul, and Ellie M as Carlotta. Mickey W was the Phantom of the Opera, or the “opera ghost” as he was known during the musical. The second act was even better, and the boisterous reception in the lobby of the PAC after the musical was over was a testament to that. The leads of the play were involved in a never-ending line of hugs and pictures, and at one point White even signed a program.
Overall, the musical was a huge success, and has set the bar high for future years.