New York’s Great Neck South High School will become one of the first US high schools to stage their production of Phantom later this month, after performance rights were released to high schools and colleges across the USA and Canada earlier this year – and here they blog for us on their experience…
Yesterday we heard from the show’s Phantom, Aaron – and today Karen, who will play Christine, gives us her take.
Karen N’s Phantom Blog
My name is Karen and I am a sophomore at Great Neck South High School. I’m playing the role of Christine. It is such an honor to be involved in this production of Phantom of the Opera. It has been a dream of mine to be in this show ever since I knew of its existence. My school is one of the first high schools in the country to put on this show, and knowing this adds to my already great excitement. I remember the moment when Mr. Marr announced the show; a rush of adrenaline pulsed through my body, causing me to let out a scream of joy.
During the summer I practiced and stressed over the upcoming auditions. Then when I found out I was cast as Christine, my heart practically stopped from shock. Now, most of my time is dedicated to rehearsals. Attending the rehearsals is my obsession. And it is challenging to balance my schoolwork and the play. The songs constantly run through my head; just as the Phantom’s voice runs through Christine’s. I feel a great connection to the cast and to the script itself. Singing in musical theater style after studying classical opera pushes me to new heights.
I adore all of my fellow cast members, as each and every one of them is so talented. I knew them before the show, but over time we have become closer. Their dedication and devotion is so motivating. In the future, I really hope to make it out there in the real world, to pursue my dream. But for now, I will pour my heart and soul into this production to express my love for theater.
Check back for more from Great Neck South and our other bloggers County College of Morris as they countdown to their Opening Nights.
PLEASE NOTE, the release of performance rights for The Phantom of the Opera is at this stage restricted to high schools and colleges across the USA and Canada only.