‘Phantom’ seeks youths; premium ticketing set
Ronald E. Bright will direct Paliku Theare’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” to be staged at the Windward Community College stage, starting Sept. 9; this will be the first community theater production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber success that now is the longest-running Broadway musical.
And because of expected demand, the theater has launched a “premium” pricing for prime seats for the first time.
“Phantom” is no stranger to Island theater audiences. School groups like Punahou have earlier staged academic productions of the megahit; of course, touring companies have graced the Blaisdell Concert Hall in a couple of extended visits, and box office triumphs, in the 1990s.
It’s bound to be an ongoing favorite, as a new generation of spectators discover the piece. Further, the score boasts such riches of music (“The Music of the Night,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Think of Me,” “Masquerade,” “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”) and the production will emulate some of the expected technical wizardry.
Yes, there will be a falling chandelier, and the Phantom’s lair poses some challenges since repeat visitors will remember the wow factor of the earlier legit presentations.
Some things you ought to know about this outing:
• Auditions are open to the community at large, but because a college is producing the show, high school and college students (not a requirement to be enrolled at WCC) are the target for casting, with minimum age for participation at 16. Exceptions may be made but youths are particularly desired. Open auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 27 and 28, with no roles precast, so anyone with hopes of becoming the Phantom or Christine, or any of the secondary roles, start prepping up a Broadway tune in a belt/chest voice. In other words, you need to project and let it all out in your audition. Songs from the show may be utilized; bring sheet music for non-“Phantom” titles, since an accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing, or karaoke tracks.
• Because of the ballet element, trained dancers are also sought: seven female, two males. Special auditions for the ballet contingent will be at 6:30 p.m. June 29. Female dancers should bring pointe shoes and don appropriate dance attire (leotards, tights). Men should wear comfortable dance clothing.
• Ticketing and pricing adjustments have been formalized by Tom Holowach, Paliki Thatre manager, with prime seats going at a premium price for all performances. These seats, in Rows A to E (five center rows, at the start of the stadium seating configuration), will be priced at $49 regardless of age. All other seats are $35 for adults, seniors and military, or $30 for children. All $49 seats for the Sept. 10 show already are sold out.
• Curtain time will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays, from Sept. 9 through Oct. 9.
• In anticipation of demand, reservations are already being accepted at www.eTicketHawaii.com and the box office, 235-7310.
The creative team will include Clarke Bright, musical director; Lloyd Sandy Riford, set designer; Evettte Allerdings, costume designer.