Phantom of the Opera is currently playing at the Times-Union Center Moran Theater through February 21, 2016. Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting the stage manager, Jovon Shuck, and two principal members of the cast, Katie Travis (Chistine Daae) and Storm Lineberger (Raoul).
Most of us enjoy musical theater without ever giving much thought to the “how” of the production. We see the beautiful sets, the gorgeous costumes; we listen to the amazing music and astounding voices; we marvel at the choreography and dancers; and we reward all with our applause and support. But what does it take to make all that happen and how does that impact us.
First, there are the 52 members of the cast and orchestra who travel 52 weeks a year to bring the magic to us (which by the way is one of the largest productions on tour in the US). They will be in Jacksonville for two weeks not only regaling us with their talent, but boosting the local economy by renting rooms, eating at local restaurants, renting cars and enjoying local sights.
Then there are those behind the scenes extraordinary people. The tour arrives in sixteen 53 foot trucks packed full of everything needed for the production, which includes the one ton iconic chandelier (which has 6,000 beads and takes 2 hours to clean before each performance) and two walls which weigh 10 tons and take up one entire truck. 12 permanent crew members travel with the trucks. However, when they arrive in Jacksonville, an additional 100 local people are hired to help unload and stage all the materials, which takes 2 1/2 days. An additional 30 people are hired locally for the two weeks of production; these include make-up, stage hands, lighting, sound, dressers (who help with the many costume changes), laundry, and wardrobe. Each Sunday night after the last performance, the 1,000 costumes (each hand made) are sent to a local dry cleaner to be returned Tuesday morning for the start of the next week’s performances, and the one hundred plus hair pieces are locally cleaned. After the last show on February 21st, another 100 local people will load everything back into those same sixteen trucks for the next venue.
Then there are the permanent and temporary staff of the Times Union Center (who are all local) who prepare the theater, print programs, take tickets, escort attendees to their seats, serve drinks and clean up after the event. And of course, FSCJ Artist Series, who for 50 years have brought superb performances to our community and provided opportunity to our children to experience and engage in the arts.
An online lottery for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. bit.ly/PhantomLottery
A limited number of specifically priced tickets for all performances of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will be sold to winners of an online lottery drawing. Winners will have the opportunity to purchase tickets at just $30 (limited up to 4 per winner). Winner must present photo ID to pick up tickets at the will call window on the day of their performance.
Be sure to see this magnificent new Phantom. Dates and times, ticket purchases and a short video clip can be seen here http://www.fscjartistseries.org/shows-tickets/phantom-of-the-opera.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, February 10 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 11 – 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 12 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 13 – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 14 – 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 16 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 19 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 20 – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 21 – 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Tickets are available through the FSCJ Artist Series and can be purchased at fscjartistseries.org and (904) 442-2929. Group discounts for 10+ are also available, (904) 442-2947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.