continued 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.
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