I HAVE just returned from a visit to Mandurah to see the production of Phantom of the Opera.
A cast, the members of which were totally enthusiastic and dedicated, performed this magnificent show from start to finish and it was obvious that it was their intention to give the audience their money’s worth.
And that they surely did. To be able to perform such a renowned play that has charmed (and still does) worldwide audiences must have been daunting to say the least and the ‘ butterflies’ would have been very active.
The acting was flawless and the singing of a calibre I have never heard before in an amateur production and to put It bluntly, I was gobsmacked.
This highly successful play was indeed a reflection of the excellent skills and effort of a director who loved her job.
Karen Francis, I take my hat off to you; what you have achieved is a highly professional performance with an amateur crew.
Having said that, I say that if this show had been staged in Perth or any other city for that matter, I would defy anyone to applaud it as being anything other than professional.
Keep up the good work Karen and let’s hope that when you have had a good rest you can think of tackling other such shows that would be worthy of your talents.
Moreover, to any who may choose to find a little fault here and there, remember that these people who figure among the normal passers-by on any street, all busy doing their day jobs, are self-taught. They do not have the luxuries and training afforded to those who are in the profession.
Well done all of you: your show was nothing less than brilliant. Well did you all deserve the standing ovation at the end.
Ron Gent, Bridgetown