students have their opening performance today of Phantom of the Opera--the spring musical they've been working on since January.
The elaborate set, which includes a large chandelier, began being built for the musical last July, South's Choir director Ellen Bowen said. Hundreds of costumes lined racks in a backstage room, each actor having multiple outfits, and volunteers were still sewing.
The production really gained momentum after , Bowen said, noting many of the same students are involved. Rehearsals began before the group left but was the focus and afterward, Phantom became the focus, she said.
Directed by Melissa Smith, Phantom has more than 100 students involved in its production. Approximately 60 on are stage, 20 in the pit and other behind-the-scene roles, Bowen said.
This show, Bowen said, is the biggest show she's ever helped produce, noting the attempt to make it as much like Broadway as possible, beginning with the set and into the performance.
Many parents and volunteers have helped with the production and preparing for the performances, Bowen said, giving costumes as one example.
Students performed a matinee Wednesday for other students but open the show tonight to the public at the Grosse Pointe Performing Arts Center on the grounds of .
Tickets may be purchased through the choir's website, gpsouthchoir.org or by calling 432-3638.
The following is the list of performances:
- Thursday, April 26 - 7:30pm
- Friday, April 27 - 8:00pm
- Saturday, April 28 - 8:00pm
- Sunday, April 29 - 3:00pm
- Thursday, May 3 - 7:30pm
- Friday, May 4 - 8:00pm
- Saturday, May 5 - 8:00pm