Peter Karrie – the star of “Phantom of the Opera” – and a host of other major West End productions has been coaching principal members of the cast of Stanwell School’s production of the Elton John-version of ‘Aida’ – which opens in just a week’s time on December 15th.
The famous Welsh star is well-known not only for his role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom” (for which he was voted the “favourite Phantom” of the Phantom Appreciation Society) but also for his distinguished appearances in Les Miserables, Annie, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof .
Peter has been holding a “workshop” with principal members of the cast at Stanwell School as part of the preparations for next week’s opening.
Meanwhile a spectacular set – including Egyptian pyramids – is being installed in Stanwell School’s own 415-seater purpose-built auditorium
In November a group of forty Stanwell students earned high praise when they performed extracts from the solo and chorus numbers of the show before a live audience at the Wales Millennium Centre, as a curtain-raiser to the production.
But this is more than a musical – it’s also a drama with plenty of action. Next week audiences may well be astounded – not to say a little worried – about just how real the violent sword-fighting scenes have been made to look. That’s down to professional “fight-choreographer” Kev McCurdy who is Stage Combat Master at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. It’s reported that he’s made the students’ fencing-skills disturbingly convincing.
The production runs from December 15th – 18th with tickets available to the general public from £10 for adults and £8 concessions. Bookings are taken by telephone on 029 20 707633 or at Stanwell School reception.