HUNTINGDON — Bethel University’s Renaissance Theatre is offering one more weekend of Phantom of the Opera at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon. It is a tremendous show performed by extremely talented actors and vocalists.
The audience is sitting in the moderately sized Hal Holbrook Theatre, but one can imagine not seeing a better performance on Broadway in New York City.
Beautiful costumes, great lighting and sound, great on-stage props, and those student-actors - oh, they are the best. Members of the audience sat quietly making sure they missed nothing, hanging on to every word, enjoying every song, and providing a standing ovation to show their pleasure.
As one who traveled to Nashville to watch a professional cast perform, I will match these young people with that cast.
Carlye Morris was Christine and Andrew Castleman was the Phantom. Chris Johnson played the Auctioneer and the Auction Ensemble included Brookelynn Eckles, Aaron Faulkner, Matthew Sensing, Michael Beecham, Sydney Darden, Kaylee Ross, Elecea Brooks, Skylar Thomason, Hannah Hudson and Jalia Brodie. The two Porters were Eli Moore and Michael Harville. Abbie Fults was Madame Giry, Bryton Cole was Raoul and Abigail Waldroup was Carlotta. The Hannibal Ensemble included Chris Johnson, Eli Moore, Brookelynn Eckles, Hanna Hudson, Jalia Brodie, Abbie Hall, Bailey Hudson, Dani Brewer, Hannah Harrell, Karlee Willis, Skylar Thomason and Taylor Dortch. Kaylee Ross and Sydney Darden played the Costumers; Michael Harville was Buquet, Kaleb Porter was Piangi, John Mark Faught was Reyer and RJ Barboza was Lefevre. The Hannibal Ballerinas were Autumn Kimble, Bryton Cole, Carlye Morris, Emma Whitenton, Grace Barber, Grace Brown, Kim Essary and Logan Williams. Michael Beecham was Andre, Matthew Sensing was Firmin and Grace Barber was Meg Giry. The Il Muto Soloists were Bailey Hudson, John Mark Faught and Brookelynn Eckles; the Il Muto Guards were Abbie Hall and Karlee Willis and the Il Muto Ballerinas were Grace Barber, Grace Brown, Autumn Kimble, Kim Essary, Emma Whitenton and Logan Williams. The Don Juan Guards were Hanna Hudson, Elecea Brooks, Dani Brewer, Eli Moore, Aaron Faulkner and Taylor Dortch. Michael Harville was the Chief and the Don Juan Ensemble was Autumn Kimble, RJ Barboza, Brookelynn Eckles, Skylar Thomason, Chris Johnson, Grace Brown, Hannah Harrell, Karlee Willis, Logan Williams, Bailey Hudson and Sydney Darden. John Mark Faught was the Passarino Soloist and Kevin Moore was Christine’s Father/Violinist. The Ensemble cast included Aaron Faulkner, Abbie Fults, Autumn Kimble, Brookelynn Eckles, Chris Johnson, Dory Scott, Dre Robinson, Eli Moore, Jalia Brodie, Javion Mann, John Mark Faught, Karlee Willis, Kaylee Ross, Kassie Arnold, Kim Essary, Logan Casto, Mackenna Phillips, Kenna Cady, Mathew Sensing, Skylar Thomason, Sydney Darden and Taylor Dortch.