First Look: The Cast of PHANTOM
Introducing the cast of Phantom!
The cast has been selected for Quincy Community Theatre’s most extravagant production of the season, Phantom, which promises to captivate audiences this March.
THE PHANTOM – Patrick Beasley*
CHRISTINE DAEÉ – Elizabeth Mannhardt
THE COUNT PHILIPPE DE CHANDON – Aaron Speckhart
GERARD CARRIERE – Josh Carlson
CHOLET – Mike Robinson
CARLOTTA – Michelle Bickhaus
JEAN-CLAUDE – Glenn Boettger
INSPECTOR LEDOUX – Brian Stitt
FLORA – Shelby Rees
FLORENCE – Kaitlyn VanderMaiden
FLEURE – Emily Dozier
BELLADOVA – Nicole Rokusek
YOUNG CARRIERE – Nathan Farlow
YOUNG ERIK – Conall Wolfmeyer
Ensemble: Tamy Cassady, Meagan Connelly, Emily Dozier, Jasper Grossman, Allyson Hayden, Joshua Hetzler, Mallory Johnston, Tina Moyer, Michael D. Perkins, Megan Peters, Douglas Peterson, Shelby Rees, Kaitlyn VanderMaiden
*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors, and Stage Managers in the United States.
Set to a gorgeous score with soaring songs, Phantom is a lush interpretation of Gaston Leroux’s classic novel, The Phantom of the Opera. With a script by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, Phantom whisks patrons away to Paris at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Within the walls of the Opera House, a tale of betrayal, murder, vengeance, and salvation is woven between the tragic titular character—Phantom/Erik and his mesmerizing protégé Christine Daaé. The Phantom lives for beautiful music and offers to be Christine’s mentor. Turmoil arises when the Opera House manager and Phantom’s confidante, Gérard Carrière, is fired. He is replaced by Carlotta, Christine’s rival as the new diva. Carlotta’s husband Cholet, Philippe de Chandon—Christine’s roguish love interest, an exhilarating ensemble of cryptic characters, and graceful ballet dancers complete the impressive cast.
After a nationwide search, Patrick Beasley of Kansas City was selected for the lead role of The Phantom/Erik. “I couldn’t be more excited to return to Illinois, and to this incredible role,” said Beasley. “It isn’t very often that actors are able to revisit a role, which we’ve played before, and I am very thankful to Brandon and the generous community at Quincy Community Theatre for inviting me to do so. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in this fantastic arts community, and becoming a small part of the QCT family!”
“This is a show I have wanted to direct for years,” says Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen, “and I am over-the-moon excited that the time has come for me to do it at QCT. The characters are richly defined; we laugh with them, and we cry with them. It’s a full theatrical experience.”
Phantom is under the direction of Brandon Thomsen, with music direction by Ben Larson, choreography by Cheryl Kaiser, technical direction by Lorne Kelley, scenic design by Seth Campbell, lighting design by Ken Phillips, costume design by Tania Ballve, properties design by Katie Kraushaar, sound design by Josh Hoenshell, and stage management by Dan & Jeri Conboy.
Learn more about our Guest Artist and Production Team.
Audiences can get a sneak peek of the show during “Discovery Night” on Monday, March 11 at 6:00 PM. This one hour, backstage, behind-the-scenes look at the making of this musical thriller is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred.
Audiences are also invited to “Meet the Cast” at the Post-show talkback following the performance on Friday, March 29.
Tickets are $22-24, on sale February 25. Performances are March 22-24 & 28-31, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. For tickets, to RSVP for “Discovery Night”, or to volunteer as an usher, visit 1qct.org or call the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, at (217) 222-3209.
Phantom is sponsored by KHQA and Knapheide. QCT’s 2019 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.