REVIEW Phantom of the Opera, at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

Graeme Smith as The Phantom and  Laurienne Imeson as Christine in the Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts production of Phantom of the Opera

Graeme Smith as The Phantom and Laurienne Imeson as Christine in the Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts production of Phantom of the Opera

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Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts seized the opportunity to perform this classic Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical and produced a fine performance.

Graeme Smith gives a very moving performance as The Phantom, not an easy role to take on and Laurienne Imeson is sublime as Christine.

Teri Murkin steals the show as the prima donna Carlotta, whose singing voice has a maturity that belies her years.

Matthew McGivern and Tom Blackburn as Monsieurs Andre and Firmin worked very well together and Shannon Emms put in a fine performance as Madame Giry.

The 55-strong cast is clearly elated to be working together under the experienced direction of Lynda Clarkson with the assistance of Michael Boe, Sean Ashmore and Deborah O’Dea.

Phil Sykes is to be congratulated on exceptional lighting and set design. The wardrobe team should also be applauded – the costumes were exquisite. Scenes flowed together seamlessly. The only fault was an occasional imbalance of sound during some vocal numbers.

The audience showed their appreciation at the final curtain, rewarding the effort the entire ensemble had so obviously put into rehearsals.

Danielle Wrench