The Phantom of Sohi: School players to perform this weekend

Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Soldotna High School drama department is presenting the play, "The Phantom of the Opera," this weekend at the high school auditorium.

Photo By Tessa Borce
Photo By Tessa Borce
Soldotna High School students (from left to right) Ali Godfrey, Beth Phillips, Chrissy Smith and Bev Carpenter rehearse for "The Phantom of the Opera" in the school's auditorium this week.

"It's a thriller, a romance, it's heartwarming, it's funny," said Briana Vizant, a high school senior and actor, while rehearsing for the upcoming production this week.

Directed by teacher Mike Druce, the play contains no music, unlike the Broadway version, but the stories are very similar.

In the play, the phantom named Erik, struggles with trying to get the lead opera singer, Christine, to fall in love with him.

He banishes himself to the dungeons of the opera because of his disfigured face. The opera directors and police try to keep the show up and running while the phantom is causing chaos in the opera house.

"It's got action, with pretty intense scenes," Vizant said.

There are even some special effects, she said.

Sophomore and player Molly Steffy said she likes the metatheater of the play, as the story contains a "play within a play" aspect.

"Watch one performance and you can see how much we love it," she said.

And for some student actors the play is not only an entertaining after-school activity but also a learning experience.

Senior Jeff Melvin said that the play has helped him and his cast mates grow.

For senior Delana Duncan, she was learning through teaching some of the younger students about drama.

She said she "mentored the freshman, and taught them the fundamentals."

Druce said that the drama students are dedicated to their art.

They "take it seriously, and they work very hard," he said.

But the largest payoff for him is watching the students put on a spellbinding show.

Melvin said he thinks people will be able to relate to the characters in the play because every one has a redeeming quality.

"All the people who see it will be in for a treat," said Mason Galbraith, a sophomore.

The show plays tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna High auditorium. Tickets are $5.

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