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‘Phantom of the Opera’ coming to Skaneateles

Director Mickey Kringer says his 50th production is ‘epic’

Mickey Kringer, right, directs and inspires his cast during a recent rehearsal of the upcoming production, "Phantom of the Opera." At left is Phoebe Glowacki, who plays the role of Meg Giry.

Mickey Kringer, right, directs and inspires his cast during a recent rehearsal of the upcoming production, "Phantom of the Opera." At left is Phoebe Glowacki, who plays the role of Meg Giry.

— Stage Manager Julianna Augustine, a junior, has worked on stage crew since seventh grade and confirms that “for stage crew, it is the biggest show,” by sheer size and by challenge. The show, she said, “is iconic. It’s so significant. It is surreal.”

Junior Allie Hagen said it is an honor “to be in this show and to sing the parts everyone listened to growing up.” She said that everyone’s level of commitment is “huge” and matches the level of the challenge. Hagen plays Christine Daae, the beautiful young soprano with whom the phantom falls in love.

“The greatest part is when we hear the orchestra practicing,” said Hagen. “They are amazing. They are working like crazy. It is a phantastic orchestra … and that is phantastic with a PH,” she said.

Orchestra Director Karen Veverka agreed the show is epic. “I have never had students work so hard in the pit, or be so challenged. We will have some professionals in the pit to help them, but it is a great experience for students and it is opening their eyes to what an opera truly is,” she said. “It is also extremely challenging for the conductor. The most musically complex score I've ever conducted is Westside Story — and this score makes Westside Story look like a piece of cake! This is without a doubt the most challenging show we've ever done for the orchestra as well.”

Veverka said that because “Phantom” is basically an opera, the music is more “orchestral,” in the senses that it is written for a large orchestra. “I think Andrew Lloyd Weber had the London Symphony in mind,” she said.

Leads

The Phantom: Daniel Kringer

Christine Daaé: Allie Hagen

Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny: Jeffrey Kringer

Carlotta Giudicelli: Gabriella Whiting

Ubaldo Piange: Ryan Terhune

Monsieur Firmin: Nicholas Kochan

Monsieur André: Michael Ranalli

Madam Giry: Natalie Krause

Meg Giry: Phoebe Glowacki

Monsieur Reyer: Thomas Boxho

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