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It’s over now, the music of the night…

After a wildly successful 12 night run, my Phantom of the Opera experience is finally at an end. I’m still finding it difficult to articulate just how amazing, challenging, inspiring and phenomenal it has been to be involved, and how much I have learned over all the different facets of a full scale theatre production, from helping rig intelligent moving lights to fitting the cast’s radio microphones.

My sincerest and heartfelt thanks to Sandra Davies, CLOC’s Stage Manager Extraordinaire, who I learned so much from it’s hard to quantify in one brief sentence. Watching Sandra and her ASM Rosie work together was like a ballet in itself, beautiful, precise and mesmerising.

To Crisanne Fox, CLOC’s amazing Set Dresser, and Brenton Staples the Set Designer – you have both inspired me more than I can say. Just the brief time I was able to spend with these two amazingly talented folk has cemented in my mind that set building is where I want to be. Working in the warehouse and in the theatre with these two was like being a kid in a candy store for me!

I’m also indebted to Lighting Designer Stelios Karagiannis and LSS Audio technician Johnny Lo Ricco, and theatre technicians Nat, Linda and Mick, who became much like my teachers and mentors in my time away from my studies – thank you all for being so generous with your time and so open in sharing your knowledge with me.

To Paul Belli, my side of stage manager. Your ability to run the stage with such calm and precision, while simultaneously making me laugh until my sides hurt was phenomenal. Your reminders that as hard as we may work, it is important to still have fun were invaluable to me.

To the wonderful, talented cast, who were so friendly, approachable and down to earth.

And last but so far from least, my intrepid fellow crew members – thank you for being part of my team in this amazing production.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.



The feedback for our opening weekend of CLOC’s Phantom of the Opera has been fantastic, with the first three nights completely selling out and few tickets remaining for the rest of the run.

Theatre People have published a wonderful review here, and a short video feature with some of the Principals (and a sneak peak at some of the show!) below.

“The show we all imagined would never make it to the amateur stage is here, and it is a success of the highest order. CLOC’s mighty achievement is a production that is spectacular in scale whilst simultaneously being intimate in detail. Reaching new heights in technical achievement, the production lands the iconic moments of the well-known show, and brings the beloved characters to life with the cream of Melbourne’s non-professional performing talent.”

– Simon Parris, Theatre People

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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Charles Hart
Additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Book by Richard Stilgoe & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on the novel ‘Le Fantôme de ‘l’Opéra’ by Gaston Leroux

May 10 – May 25 2013
The National Theatre, St Kilda

Director: Chris Bradtke
Musical Director: Andrew McCalman
Choreographer: Wendy Belli
Set Design: Brenton Staples
Costume Design: Nerissa Saville
Lighting Design: Stelios Karagiannis
Sound Design: Marcello Lo Ricco (LSS)



Friday May 10, 8pm
Saturday May 11, 8pm
Sunday May 12, 2pm (Mother’s Day Matinee)
Wednesday May 15, 8pm
Thursday May 16, 8pm
Friday May 17, 8pm
Saturday May 18, 8pm
Sunday May 19, 2pm (Matinee)
Wednesday May 22, 8pm
Thursday May 23, 8pm
Friday May 24, 8pm
Saturday May 25, 8pm


                            Adults                        $50
Concessions & Groups*                  $45
Child (16 and under)                         $35

*Group:               15 tickets or more (excluding children)
*Concession:       Age Pensions, Seniors Cards, Students

Logo TM & ©1986 RUG Ltd.

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After an incredible, amazing, inspiring, exhausting day yesterday, Phantom has now moved in to it’s home in the National Theatre!

This week we rehearse with the orchestra and put the finishing touches of magic into the production. See you on opening night, this Friday May 10!

The first two opening nights are already sold out, so get your tickets quickly for this unforgettable event.