the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Phantom of the Opera
07 April 2017
The performing arts team at Edgbaston High School are very excited to announce that the next EHS musical production will be Lloyd-Webber’s famous show ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.
This production will be the third in a succession of theatrical masterpieces presented in 2017 alone, following the brilliant and harrowing ‘Lord of the Flies’ and the spectacular ‘Lion King’ production.
At our assembly on Monday the production was launched in truly spectacular EHS fashion with a performance of a selection of most memorable moments from the production. Bethany Lucas played the part of the auctioneer with Ellie Harper (Christine) and Rosemary Howl (Meg) performing ‘Angel of Music’. Ellie was joined by professional singer Mr George Stuart (The Phantom & Raoul) for ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Think of Me’.
Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, the show’s central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Paris Opera.
The musical opened in London's West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1988. It won the 1986 Olivier Award and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical, and Michael Crawford (in the title role) won the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. It is the longest running show in Broadway history by a wide margin, and celebrated its 10,000th Broadway performance on 11 February 2012, the first production ever to do so. It is the second longest-running West End musical, after Les Misérables (performed in 2015 by EHS).
Students have been given information on auditioning for parts, from singing and dancing to spoken parts. We will require a vast team of students to work behind the scenes on costumes and make up as well as set design, lighting and with the Orchestra. As a school community we are incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to present the two most successful musical productions in history in les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera - so, girls, please don’t miss the opportunity to create life-long memories!
Director of Music