Skaneateles When stage director Mickey Kringer uses the word “epic” to describe an upcoming show, take notice.
This is a man who has produced the likes of “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Oliver.” He has helped talented high school students bring the house down with “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “West Side Story.”
And out of all of those shows over the past 24 years at Skaneateles High School, he says the upcoming production of “Phantom of the Opera” is “the biggest and most challenging show we’ve ever done.”
More than 100 students and another additional 50 people are working full tilt to bring “Phantom” to Skaneateles High School March 1 through 4.
The main performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 1, 2 and 3 and at 2 p.m. on March 4.
There will be a Senior Citizens performance at 3 p.m. on Feb. 29.
All performances will take place in the High School Auditorium.
Tickets are available for purchase from cast and crew members, or by calling 291-2296. Tickets will also be available at the door: $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. Seats are reserved.
“It’s epic. Everything about it,” Kringer said. “We have an excellent cast of over 50 kids, plus 20 crew members and 35 in the pit orchestra. That’s more than 100 students involved.” In addition, parents, staff and alumni are also helping with everything from sets to costumes.
“It is an opera. The pieces are very challenging. It is challenging for adults,” he said. “This is a student version but very little has been altered.”
The technical aspects are challenging, too. The high school’s Technology Club has taken on the challenge of creating the robotics to make a boat float across stage below the Paris Opera House, he said. The effort is led by engineering student Dylan Baker, a senior who is also in the cast, and technology teacher Matthew Slauson.