Phantom roles for family members

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THE Stephen family from Edzell are set to appear with Aberdeen Opera Company in the Scottish Premiere of ‘Phantom’ at His Majesty’s Theatre from February 24 to 26.

Father James is playing Oberon, The Fairy King in the dramatic Act One finale and is also a member of staff in the Opera Garnier, Paris.

Mearns Academy pupils Alex (15) and Adam (13) are the Acolytes of the Phantom and appear as mysterious dark shadows assisting the Phantom in his work.

Mum Judith Stephen is the company’s stage manager and has been instrumental in designing the dramatic set for the production.

Andrea Watt, publicity manager, says: “This promises to be the biggest and most ambitious Aberdeen Opera Company production to date.

“With crashing chandeliers, an electrified staircase, an underground boat journey, costumes from Scottish Opera, elegant wigs and a beautiful musical score. A truly memorable theatrical experience.

“The Stephen family are no strangers to HMT having all appeared on and off stage for ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ last year”.

Following on from their hugely successful and rewarding 70th anniversary year, during which they received much critical acclaim for their productions of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Seventy’, Aberdeen Opera Company is immensely proud to bring the Scottish Premiere of ‘Phanton’ to Aberdeen audiences in 2011.

Written by Arthur Kopit (‘Nine’) and Maury Yeston (‘Titanic the Musical’,‘Grand Hotel’,‘Nine’), ‘Phantom’ relives Gaston Leroux’s dark and brooding tale of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ through a stunning collection of heartfelt, souring melodies and grand operatic choruses guaranteed to raise the roof and thrill the audience with every note.

Set in the late 19th Century ‘Phantom’ tells the story of Christine Daaé, a young, beautiful song seller, who through a chance encounter with the Count de Chandon suddenly finds herself living her dream of singing in the Paris Opera House. Little does she know that she is about to meet a man who will change her life - and the Opera House - forever!

A large soaring chorus, fine principals and wonderful score play counterpoint to a crashing chandelier, an electrified staircase, a boat where you least expect it, in this tale of fantasy and fear, love and hate, revenge, murder, untimely death and ultimate loss.

The production is directed by Wilma Gillanders MBE and musically directed by Graeme Read.

The show runs from February 24 to 26 24 nightly at 7.30 pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm.

Tickets for Aberdeen Opera Company’s production of Phantom are on sale at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.