The Phantom of the Opera arrives at the Millennium Forum as Derry News chats with the incredible young talent taking on the iconic lead roles

The Millennium Forum has started rehearsals for the youth musical production of the hit show, The Phantom of the Opera, which will begin on Wednesday August 3 and run until Saturday August 6.

This all-local youth version of one of the longest-running musicals of all time will feature a host of local talent.

The coveted title roles are Aodhan Kehoe, who plays the Ghost, and Tirna-Kate Fox, as Christine.

Derry lad Aodhan has just turned twenty and is very excited to take on the role of the Ghost, which he describes as a “bucket list role” for many musical theater performers.

This is Aodhan’s third youth production at the Forum and has just completed playing the role of Ryan in the Grove Theater Group’s production of “High School Musical.”

Previously, Aodhan was part of the world famous production, “The White Handkerchief”, where he had the honor of portraying Jackie Duddy in this new stage show based on the events of Bloody Sunday.

Aodhan said, “It’s a big change from High School Musical, but it’s fun, it’s something new. They’re two completely different roles; I went from the glitz and glam of High School Musical to a pretty dark show, definitely no jazz hands in this show, but I love the new challenge.”

Joining Aodhan as Christine, Omagh girl, Tirna-Kate Fox studied acting and singing with Leanne Daly at Hazelwand Theater School where she embarked on many iconic roles such as Maria in “The Sound of Music”, Adélaïde in “Guys and Dolls” and Éponine in “Les Misérables”.

Christine is one of her dream roles and she is thrilled to perform this iconic role with such an incredible cast of performers. This is Tirna-Kate’s first role for Millennium Forum Youth Productions.

“Everyone is so talented and have been so welcoming. It was nice to experience a new atmosphere and perform in Derry. It’s a dream role and I’m so excited.

“Even though there is no dancing, there is so much emotion in the show, you use every part of your body to represent that. We are so well prepared and we have rehearsals for the rest of the month . I can’t wait to get on stage, I’m so excited.”

The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked character who hides under the catacombs of the Paris Opera, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.

He falls head over heels in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by cultivating his extraordinary talents and employing every devious method at his disposal.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s thrilling score includes ‘Think of Me’, ‘Angel of Music’, ‘Music of the Night’, ‘All I Ask of You’, ‘Masquerade’ and the infamous title track.

Tickets are now available at the box office. Phone 71 264455 or visit milleniumforum.co.uk for bookings.

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