The Panto of the Opera,
by Stuart Ardern
Nov. 14, 20 & 21, 2015 at 8pm
Nov. 15 & 21, 2015 at 2pm
Stage Director: Ken Mammarella
Music Director: Helene Furlong
Start the holiday season right with a British tradition — the holiday panto. Our show is a raucous retelling of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Madame Zola, the new owner of the Paris Opera Company, faces many challenges, some serious and some absurd: aspiring playwrights pester her with their dubious offerings; a workplace inspector repeatedly requests impractical safety upgrades; a shady character threatens to shut the Opera House down if a large debt isn’t settled quickly, and the Opera House ghost extends an inordinate amount of attention to one of the new singers.
Other memorable characters include operatic diva Carlotta Vermicelli, artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, a pantomime horse, and the wonderful singers and dancers you expect from Ardensingers productions. All social conventions are fair game for some light-hearted, innocent merriment. Audience participation is expected, so cheer for the good guys and hiss at the villains (if you dare!).
Auditions for the major roles were held in June, but we’re still welcoming additional singers for the Chorus. We’d also welcome help with show production and business activities. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in participating or with questions, or call John Trexler at (484) 319-2350. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons from 2 – 4:30pm and Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 10pm starting after Labor Day.