Local woman to perform in Scottish premiere at HMT

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AN INVERBERVIE woman is preparing herself for her performance in the Scottish premiere of the musical Phantom.

Andrea Watt will take on the part of Fleure, a ballerina in the Paris Opera House who along with her fellow courtesans cast scorn on newcomer Christine, in the Aberdeen Opera Company’s production later this month.

This is her tenth year on stage with the company and previous shows include Chess, Carousel, Brigadoon, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Sugar, Fiddler on the Roof and a lead role in 2009 show The Pyjama Game.

Andrea, development officer at Lathallan School, Johnshaven is also the Aberdeen Opera Company’s publicity and sponsorship manager for the musical and has been busy promoting and finding funding for the large scale production.

Andrea said: “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.”

Following on from its 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 Phantom to Aberdeen audiences.

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, and 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. It will run at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen from February 24 to 26, nightly at 7.30pm and with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

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.