Music of the Night to celebrate anniversary

Members of the cast of the Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts prepare for their production of the Phanton of the Opera at Lowther Pavilion with a photo shoot at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Members of the cast of the Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts prepare for their production of the Phanton of the Opera at Lowther Pavilion with a photo shoot at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool
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Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts presents its 20th anniversary production Phantom of the Opera at Lowther Pavilion for five performances from next Wednesday, November 19.

The staging of of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical follows award-winning shows in recent years by the company for youngsters aged 10 to 18 of the likes of Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast and Miss Saigon

Phantom of the Opera features songs such as Music of the Night, Think of Me, Angel of Music, All I Ask of You and Masquerade, and according to director Lynda Clarkson, it promises to be the most technically-challenging in the company’s two-decade history.

LATA stalwart Lynda is ably supported by musical director Sean Ashmore, vocal coach Michael Boe and choregrapher Deborah O’Dea and Lynda said: “The committee and all the team at LATA feel very proud and privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity to bring Phantom to the Fylde coast.

“Our students have been working tirelessly in rehearsals to ensure their audiences will have the pleasure of seeing a piece of musical theatre they will not forget.

Based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of The Paris Opera House. He falls madly in love with an innocent young Soprano, Christine and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

The musical, with music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, has captivated audiences since it opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the 1980s.

LATA’s production, for which the cast shaped up with a photo call by Adrian Patrick in the traditional surroundings of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre, runs nightly at 7.30pm from Wednesday, November 19 through to the following Saturday, with a matinee at 2pm on the Saturday.

Ticket details from the Lowther box office on (01253) 794221.