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Phantom of the Opera - Civic Theatre Newcastle

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A broken chandelier at a theatre auction opens a night of chills, thrills, drama and suspense. The Metropolitan Players present the New South Wales premiere of The Phantom of the Opera, directed by musical veteran Julie Black. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical phenomenon centres on a misguided love triangle: a mysterious Phantom (played by Chris Maxfield) that lives in the theatre falls for his protege, Christine (played by Caitlin Harris), who loves and is loved by the handsome and charming Raoul (played by Daniel Stoddart). Miss Harris is a powerhouse soprano who portrays the innocent Christine beautifully, while Maxfield's performance as the Phantom is equal parts pitiful and creepy.

The music is given a little razzle-dazzle with some electric guitar and keyboard sprinkled throughout the score, the set design is breathtaking and the costumes range from lavish to cheesy with equal ease. The ensembles especially need a big round of applause for their stamina and endurance, they literally never seem to stop. Costume to costume, song to song, they are in nearly every scene full of energy - dancing, gasping and groping their way through Kirby-Leigh Coker's choreography.

This show is only running for a two week season and shows have been seating a 1000 people almost every show so far. The first week of the season is now officially over, so get in quick before tickets sell out, trust me, you do not want to miss this classic production.
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When: Fri 30th August 2013 - Sat 7th September 2013 8:00 pm
Where: The Civic Theatre
Cost: Adult - $55; Concession - $45; Group (8 ) - $48
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