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University of Memphis Announces Cast for The Phantom of the Opera

For release: September 16, 2011
For press information, contact Alice Berry, 901-678-3184

The University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance has selected the cast for The Phantom of the Opera, which will be presented in February 2012. The production is a collaboration between the Department of Theatre & Dance and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music; the cast includes 31 students from the two departments.

The title role will be performed by Copeland Woodruff, a faculty member in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and director of last spring’s Ostrander Award-winning musical Bat Boy. He has been on the faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory, Academy of Vocal Arts, Yale Opera, Universität Bamberg, the Harrower Opera Workshop, and Temple University. He has also been a visiting faculty member of The Juilliard School.

The role of Christine Daaéwill be played by theatre student Christina Hernandez and by music student Amanda Boyd. The two gifted actresses willalternate performances.

The popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is part of the University’s Centennial celebration and will be its most ambitious theatrical production to date.

Phantom performance dates are Feb. 16-19 and Feb. 22-25. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 30. Prices are $35 for the general public and $30 for faculty, staff, students and senior citizens. U of M students will receive one free ticket with a valid ID.

Advance tickets sales will be offered Nov. 14-18.

The Phantom of the Opera Cast

THE PHANTOM Copeland Woodruff
RAOUL, Vicomte de Chagny Lucas Hefner
M. ANDRE Steve Albart
M. FIRMAN A.J. Bernard
UBALDO PIANGI Philip Himebook
JOSEPH BUQUET Daniel Altman
CHRISTINE DAAÉ

Christina Hernandez and Amanda Boyd(alternating performances)

CARLOTTA Katie Liesner
MADAME GIRY Shakiera Adams
MEG GIRY Kristina Hanford
M. REYER Stephen Andrew Parker
ENSEMBLE: (Specific assignments are subject to change)
DON ATILLIO/ PASSARINO/ AUCTIONEER/ Robert Palmer
ENSEMBLE/FOP 2 (in IL MUTO) Dale DeWood
M. LEFÈVER/CHIEF FIRE MARSHALL Dylan Atkins
HANNIBAL MAN/ FIREMAN Christopher Calderazzo
SLAVE MASTER/SHEPHERD in Ballet Jacob Wingfield
PORTER/ /FOP 1 (in IL MUTO)/ FIREMAN Mathew Hayner
MARKSMAN/ PORTER Taylor Burnside
ENSEMBLE/ HANNIBAL MAN Sterling Church
ENSEMBLE/ STAGEHAND/ CONDUCTOR James Kevin Cochran
TRUNK CARRIER/CONFIDANTE (in Il Muto) J.C. Skoog
WARDROBE Ginny Vann
PRINCESS Janie Crick
MADAME FIRMIN/HANNIBAL LADY Morgan Malone
NURSE/PRINCESS Annabeth Novitzki
PRINCESS 2/ CHORUS Casey Greer
BALLET CHORUS OF THE OPERA: Moriah Jackson, Melissa Jecker, Maggie Robinson, Mandy Martin
DIRECTOR Bob Hetherington
MUSIC DIRECTOR Jacob Allen
CONDUCTOR Mark Ensley
CHOREOGRAPHER Mark Allan Davis
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