• 2012-2013 Season,  Phantom of the Opera

    Insight into the Phantom’s Final Talk-Back

    by Nichoals Sheets, dramaturg On the 31st of January at 10:00 p.m. we held our final talk-back session between the audience and the cast. The second time was different from the first, in that the final session only had the main characters on-stage. The first session on the 24th of January we had the entire cast. Both turned out just fine and both audiences were enthusiastic about the experience to pose questions and compliment the actors and the production team. I invited the audience to come up to the front of the DeJong Concert Hall. These were real troopers. The performance itself ended at 10:00 p.m., so these were those…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Phantom of the Opera

    Phantom Talk-Backs

    By Nicholas Sheets, dramaturg Picture this with me. The cast has just left the stage after a triumphant finish. The orchestration is about to play its final score of the night to bid patrons farewell. WAIT! The dramaturg runs out onto stage, “Good evening!” The audience, startled, looks up on stage. “Good evening everyone. We invite you to attend our talk-back session this evening with the actors.” The audience begins to get restless. Are they really going to be able to speak with the Phantom, let alone Christine? What a joy. Once the orchestration ends the dramaturg picks up the mic and the talk-back session begins. For everyone who isn’t…