Preview: Phantom of the Opera

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HOT on the heels of their four-star production of Les Miserables last week, Captivate youth company are back in action at Broughton High School theatre again this week, in the West End smash hit musical Phantom of the Opera.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s now legendary musical, based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, tells the story of a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius.

“Phantom has always been high up on my to do list,” says musical director Tommie Travers.

“I fell in love with the score when I saw it at the Playhouse in 1995.

“Despite being only eight, I became obsessed with those famous organ chords and by the time I was in my early teens I was constructing chandeliers in my bedroom and recreating the smoke effects using talcum powder - much to my dad’s despair.”

Director Sally Lyall adds, “I knew very little about Phantom and after seeing it on the West End thought it would be an impossible task.

“We cannot compete with the money and facilities of the West End so we’ve done what we do best.

“We’ve created a simple but stylish set and with a little illumination, made it beautiful. We have focused on the characters and told the story.”

Travers adds, “We have assembled one of the strongest casts we’ve ever had and I am in awe of their talent. Let the opera begin.”

Phantom of the Opera, Broughton High School Theatre, East Fettes Avenue, 7pm (Saturday matinee 2pm), £10-£15, 07546-213 274