#1 An Interview with the Director
A two-year program is a unique experience in that there is little time to expose students to a variety of musical theatre styles. Participation in the musical Phantom is an opportunity to expand the learning experience.
“The difficulty of the musical score creates a culture of understanding as to what future challenges lie ahead for those on a true professional track,” says Professor Marielaine Mammon, director and chair of the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts at County College of Morris.
The creative team supporting the director was aware of the production’s challenges regarding both the venue and the budgetary constraints of a small college. The team met several times through the summer to brainstorm technical options that would carry the plot and work in the community space. Ultimately, the idea was to focus on the most important ‘effects’ and let the voices be the true “stars of the show.”
Professor Mammon explains, “I wanted to take on this challenge because I wanted to create something both beautiful and lyrical for the students and the audience.”
Look forward to our next blog: # 2 The Technical Challenge, interviews with the Musical Director, Choreographer, Set Designer & Crew posting the week of October 11th!