Echuca-Moama Theatre Company is set to stage its biggest production yet – The Phantom of the Opera.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will be a major drawcard for the region; drawing a talent pool from across north central Victoria and expected to attract thousands of theatre lovers.
The cast of 47, from as far as Bendigo, Shepparton, Kialla, Kyabram, Tongala, Katandra, Katunga and Gunbower as well as Echuca-Moama, has been busy rehearsing over the past three months in the hopes of creating something magical.
Co-directors John Wright and Mark Thomson said they were looking forward to creating a truly regional engagement in what would be a ‘‘very special, inclusive and iconic musical event’’.
“I think the biggest advantage we’ve got and the benefit we’re getting is fantastic engagement from the cast,” Mr Wright said.
“They all want individually and collectively to make it fabulous. That sort of commitment is going to make it worth it, so I’m delighted.”
Mr Wright said he had not seen this level of drive in a show before.
A duplicate proscenium arch and opera viewing boxes will be created to make the theatre look like an 1800s opera house.
“I think audiences are going to love it,” Mr Wright said.
“The whole ambience of the French opera theatre is going to be re-created.”
To book theatre packages, phone 1800 804 446 or visit www.echucamoama.com
The show will open at the Paramount on May 25 and will continue until June 9.
Tickets are available at the Paramount.