One of the First in the Nation on a Community Stage
County College of Morris (CCM) will be presenting The Phantom of the Opera in November as one of the first groups in the nation to present this haunting love story on a community stage. Performances take place November 2 – 6 at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee on November 6 at 2 p.m. in the Dragonetti Auditorium in the Student Community Center on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for CCM students, children under 12 and seniors 62 and older.
“We’re delighted to be among the first community groups to present Andrew Lloyd Weber’s masterwork and Broadway’s longest-running musical on a local stage,” said Director Marielaine Mammon, chair of the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts at CCM. “This is an opportunity for local residents to be entranced by the most haunting love story ever told on a stage close to home and at an affordable price.”
CCM has launched a blog – ccmphantom.wordpress.com – detailing the performance’s development from addressing the musical’s specific technical challenges, to the chorography and musical score.
“We wanted to provide a way so all can share in the journey of bringing The Phantom of the Opera to Morris County,” said Chorographer/Producer Colleen McArdle, an adjunct dance professor and coordinator of special events and CCM Foundation programs.
The production, presented by the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts, includes both CCM students and actors from the metropolitan area. Playing Christine Daaé is Kelly Miller, of Rockaway, a music performance major at CCM; in the role of the Phantom is Robert Farruggia of Rockland County, NY. Playing Raoul de Chagny is Esteban Vasquez, of Rockaway; and in the role of Carlotta Giudicelli is Katelyn Spinosa of Bayonne, NJ. Serving as technical directors are Ahmed Bennane and John Landers, technical directors of CCM’s Dragonetti Auditorium. The musical director is Rick Edinger, of New York, NY, adjunct music professor at CCM.
For tickets, call the CCM Box Office at (973) 328-5076.