Phantom plays at the Canyon Theatre Guild
This Halloween theatergoers can experience the thrill of Phantom at the Canyon Theatre Guild’s Playhouse in Old Town Newhall. This haunting story based on the 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux, has been adapted for stage and screen in many variations. This Phantom, as conceived by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit, presents the haunting story of Phantom of the Opera with a different approach. Here, the Phantom is not a monster, but a tragic character who, despite his outward imperfections, is good deep inside. This Phantom has a family and even a sense of humor! We care about this Phantom in a different way – he is a character you will cry for.
Phantom’s music reflects the 1890s period with a delightful French atmosphere to reflect its Parisian setting. The show, written in the 1980s by composer/lyricist Maury Yeston and book writer Arthur Kopit as a follow-up to their Tony-winning musical “Nine,” has been presented by over 1,000 companies throughout the world. One of the strengths of this version is the love of audiences for the Phantom’s lovely, tortured soul.
Erik (the Phantom), played by George Chavez, meets Christine Daee (the lovely Jill Kocalis Scott) for the first time when as a street singer she is sponsored by the Count de Chandon (played by Christopher Gomez), to work at the Paris Opera. Erik, who was born and raised in the catacombs under the Opera house, needs beautiful music to help him forget the hell in which he lives. When he hears Christine sing, he makes her his pupil, training her for the Opera, but forbids her to see his face. The complications begin when Gerard Carriere (Greg Finley), who has protected Erik from prying eyes, loses his position as head of the Opera house.
The new diva and owner of the Opera is Carlotta (Laura Lanoil) who has such a terrible voice that the Phantom is in torment. His salvation must eventually come through Christine, whose voice is so beautiful that he falls in love with her. The cast includes Frank Rock as Inspector Ledoux, the chief of police, Michael Davies who plays Carlotta’s husband and manager, Cholet.,Jim Robinson as The Minister of Culture; John Morris as Jean-Claude, the stage manager, Gin Treadwell-Eng as Belladova (Erik’s mother), and JT Friedman as the young Erik . The production is under the direction of Patti Finley, with Tamarah Ashton-Coombs serving as musical director and Musette Caing as choreographer. Phantom opens on Saturday, September 26 with performances every weekend through Halloween (October 31). Tickets are $12, $15, $17 and reservations may be made by calling the box office at (661) 799-2702. The Playhouse is located at 24242 Main Street in Old Town Newhall.