One of the most popular West End musicals is coming to Kirkcaldy next week and will feature a young cast in a Scottish premiere.
On at Fife Youth Music Theatre has been busy rehearsing ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ for almost two weeks and they will take to the Adam Smith Theatre stage for their opening night next Thursday evening. The show marks the Scottish premiere youth group production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The theatre group, which has a cast of 33 aged between 11 and 21, brought you the smash hit ‘Les Miserables (Schools Edition) last year and judging by what we saw in rehearsals last week they are once again set to blow audiences away. The young stars come from across Fife and will be joined by a live band of 28 young musicians for the magical and spectacular adaptation of the hit musical. Janet Robertson, creative director, told The Press: “This is a thrilling opportunity for such a talented cast to bring life to this iconic musical theatre legend. To be the first youth group in Scotland to perform the show is a real honour, and with dedication, passion and such consistent commitment, our cast and orchestra have, as ever, astonished us.” Robert Forrest (19), from Kirkcaldy, takes on the role of Phantom, first played by Michael Crawford in the hit musical. And he plays opposite Katherine Skene (20), from St Andrews, as Christine. While Finlay Paul and Daniel Paton play Raoul. Based on the classic novel ‘Le Fantome de ‘l’Opéra’ by Gaston Leroux, the play tells the story of a masked figure that lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. 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 emplying all of the devious methods at his command. Audiences will be drawn into the enchanting world and can expect to see a number of magical surprises. The musical’s sensational score features songs like ‘Think of Me’, ‘Angel of Music’, ‘Music of the Night’, ‘All I Ask of You’, Masquerade and of course, the title song. There was a real buzz in the studio last week when The Press dropped in on rehearsals and the young cast said they are all excited about opening night and are thrilled to be taking part in the first youth production of the musical ever to take place north of the border. The cast are like a theatrical family and believe the three weeks of intense rehearsals in the run up to the show will be worth it. For Katherine, who takes on the role of Christine, a part originally played by Sarah Brightman, it’s a dream come true. She explained: “I’m really excited and very nervous. “Since I first saw the musical I have always wanted to play this part. “When I heard we were doing ‘Phantom’ I was so ecstatic and it’s great to have the opportunity to play Christine. “It’s such a pleasure to take on the role and to play with such a fabulous cast is amazing. “The talent in the room is immense and I’m proud to play amongst them.” The show’s masked man, Robert is also thrilled. “For me it’s been a new challenge,” he said. “I’ve played a few roles in the past but nothing with so many layers as Phantom. “It’s such a big role. “Vocally it’s quite challenging as well and there’s all the add ons go with it, such as the stage movements, the set and the prosthetics. “It’s a good unit we have. “People are really supportive and we have a great creative team as well. “Everyone is working really hard. “This might be a youth production, but it’s done in a professional manner.” n‘The Phantom of the Opera’ will be at Adam Smith Theatre from Thursday, July 25 to Saturday, July 27.