continued Senior Daniel Kringer, who plays Phantom, explained that the musical difficulty ranges from piece to piece, with some of the more difficult songs being “dissident ... creepy.” He feels it has all gone “really well … and we got used to it rather quickly.” The sheer number of words in each song has been another challenge, he said.
Hagen said the show demands 150 different costumes, as each cast member changes at least three times. A crew led by parent Pam Spear is altering/fitting all of the rental costumes and designing and sewing the rest.
Everyone involved seems to be aware of the fact that the show is epic, and that this is Mickey Kringer’s 50th Skaneateles High School production. Did he choose Phantom because it is the 50th show? “No,” he said. “All of the planets had to align.” It had to be the right cast, he said. “You have to know what type of show is best for the cast … what type of show they are most capable of doing and reaching their full potential.”
It isn’t about one group being more talented … it is about where the talents lie. Some years, the given talent might point to a comedy. In the case of Phantom, “every one of these leads needs to be a solo singer. And every lead is just that … a very talented singer.”
As the stars aligned, this is also Daniel Kringer’s senior year. While Daniel plays the phantom, his brother Jeffrey, Kringer’s middle son, plays the part of Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny.
Kringer has inspired, motivated and directed students in productions for 24 years (usually doing two a year and sometimes three), and he has taken great pride in all of the talented young people. It’s likely that this one — the 50th show — holds “epic” proportions in his own heart, because of how the planets aligned with his own sons.