Thursday, March 24, 2011

Liberty University (and another "Christian" school) stage a work by Jesus Christ Superstar composer

One would think that a "Christian" university would be unwilling to stage a theatrical work by the composer of the music for Jesus Christ Superstar,but Liberty University has no such qualms, as they will be staging a production of The Phantom of the Opera (with its distinctively Christian content) in April 2011. As reported by Mitzi Bible of Liberty University News Service on March 23, 2011:

The Liberty University Theatre Arts Department will have a few surprises in store when Phantom of the Opera opens April 8 in the new Tower Theater.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, wreaking havoc for all who enter, will be told with many creative sets and illusions.

"The sets are intricate because they’re basically magic tricks — we don’t want to reveal how they’re done, but they’re being built into the sets," said Linda Nell Cooper, director and head of the Theatre Arts Department...

...There is much anticipation for the near-sold-out show, which could be called the largest endeavor for Liberty’s theater program.

May 31, 2011 update:
It seems that Liberty University isn't the only "Christian" school presenting The Phantom of the Opera. From Elk Island Public Schools in the County of Strathcona in Alberta comes this media release (link in original):

Media Releases
SCA Secondary Presents The Phantom of the Opera

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Sherwood Park… Strathcona Christian Academy (SCA) Secondary Fine Arts is proud to present The Phantom of the Opera from May 17 to 20 at 7:00 p.m. Two matinee performances will run May 18 and 20 at 12:00 noon.

Download the full Media Release: SCA_PhantomoftheOpera.pdf

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