2023 High School Project

The Phantom of the Opera

September 19 to October 7, 2023
Opening Night September 22
Spriet Stage
The Phantom of the Opera

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Charles Hart
Additional Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Book by Richard Stilgoe & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on the novel “Le Fantôme de I’Opéra” by Gaston Leroux

Originally directed by Harold Prince
Orchestrations by David Cullen & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Original Production by Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and The Really Useful Group Ltd.

Directed by Andrew Tribe

Running time: 140 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.

Age Recommendation: 10+

Content Advisory: This production contains scenes of supernatural encounters, threats of violence and murder, visual representation of death by hanging, loud and sudden noises, lighting and dry ice fog.

Title Sponsor

Western Fair District

25th Anniversary Sponsor

Provincial Glass & Mirror Limited

Youth Program Sponsors

Thames Valley District School Board
London District Catholic School Board
Westminster College Foundation
The Phantom of the Opera

Upcoming Shows & Tickets

The Grand Theatre’s renowned youth mentorship program, the High School Project (HSP) will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the longest running show in Broadway history: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

Lurking in the catacombs, far beneath the majestic Paris Opera House is a notorious masked figure, known as the Phantom. A disfigured musical genius, the Phantom exercises a reign of terror and control over all who enter “his” opera house – including an innocent, young soprano. Mesmerized by her beauty and talent, the Phantom desires nothing more than to see her become a star of the operatic stage and to remain with him at the Opera for all time. And the consequences for anyone who stands in his way? Deadly.   

The longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has thrilled audiences across the globe since its debut in 1986. Based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 gothic novel, audiences are in for a thrilling night of theatre with this timeless tale of romance and despair paired with an unforgettable musical score.


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The Student Company of The Phantom of the Opera


Emma Bishop
Tristan Brew
Blake Carey
Joseph Buquet
Will Cramp
Evan Doerr
M. Lefevre
Hosna Emami
Mme Giry
Spence Jackson
Jordyn Gowling
Isabelle Parent
Ethan Pickett
M. Reyer
Kieran Prouty
Camila Rodriguez
Ryan Shaw
Leo Sigut
Oliver Stanton
Isaac Szoldatits
Stella Yanga

Members of the Opera Company

Lauren Atkinson
Luke Bahula
Brooke Bourne
Lauren Brooks
Maggie Busch
Theone "T" Damue
Ethan Eyles
Josephine Gajasan
Manya Hegde
Joel Howard
Brynne Howey
Bronwyn Kerr
Cindy Li
Morgan McLenaghan
Olivia Phillips
Erin Prouty
Una Roulston
Jessica Routledge
Isabella Santarella
Ryder Scarrow
Alyssa Skiffington
Navya Vaillancourt
Desi vanBeek-Paterson

Corps de Ballet

Marissa Bastiaansen
Petra Bilic
Michael Dodge
Ava Goddard
Isabelle Hiltz
Olivia Schiedel
Madeline St. Arnaud
Isabella Thompson


Amy Bae
Nadia Barakziye
Morrigan Beharriell
Jules Boughner
Stage Management
Alexsandra Caido
Scenic Art
Ayla Coates
Mariza Coelho
Jessica Deschutter
Mack Downe
Kyera Hodgins
Scenic Art
Leah Jardine
James Lightowler
Riley Lindsay
Meyer Liston
Ana Martinez
Stage Management
Virginia McCallum
Sarena "Onyx" Nielsen
Ronan Prior
Photography & Marketing
Floria Reichhardt
Ruthie Rennie
Kate Telfer
Chandra Vaillancourt
Matheo Van Der Mark

Student Musicians

Riley Hales
Flute, Piccolo
Eric Kang
Franz Marsolais Hernandez
Keys 2

The Cast


Creative Team

Andrew Tribe
Andrew Tribe
For the Grand Theatre: Titanic - The Musical, The Great Grand Road Trip, Comfort and Joy, Chariots of Fire, Elf (2013); High School Projects The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!.
Theatre Credits (selected): Director: Peter & the Starcatcher, Bright Star, Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical, A Christmas Story - The Musical, Big Fish, Sunday in the Park with George, Chicago, Seussical, School of Rock, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening (Original Kids Theatre Company); One Song Glory (The Musical Stage Company).
Other: Artistic Director of Original Kids Theatre Company from 2012 - 2022. Graduate of H.B. Beal Secondary School, University of Toronto, Sheridan College, Western University, University of Northern Colorado. IG: @andrewtribe
Floydd Ricketts
Floydd Ricketts
Musical Director
For the Grand Theatre: Footloose, The Little Prince, My Fair Lady, Legally Blonde, The Addam's Family, Hello Dolly, Lés Miserables.
Other: Floydd is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Choirs at Skidmore College; and the Artistic Director of Ensemble Noir, a Montreal chamber choir that specializes in the music of underrepresented communities. Floydd is also the chorusmaster for L’orchestre Philarmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes in Montreal, and he recently finished his tenure as Head of Music at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Matthew Atkins
Matthew Atkins
Associate Music Director
For the Grand Theatre: Finding Black Joy, The Great Grand Road Trip, Comfort & Joy.
Theatre Credits (Selected): The SpongeBob Musical, Snoopy!, Matilda the Musical (Original Kids Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Musical Theatre Productions).
Other: B.Mus., B.Ed., M.Mus. from Western University. Matthew is a secondary school teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. He is also the Artistic Director of the London Gospel Collective. @matkinsmusic
Nicola Pantin
Nicola Pantin
For the Grand Theatre: Debut.
Theatre Credits (selected): Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, The Count of Monte Cristo ( Stratford Festival); Jacob Two Two, Seussical (Young People’s Theatre); Brantwood, Jesus Christ Superstar (Sheridan College) .
Film/TV Credits (selected): Blues Brothers 2000, Stuck (Bravo!FACT)
Scott Penner
Scott Penner
Set Designer
For the Grand Theatre: Elf, Hair, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Job (Soho Rep, Off-Broadway); Merry Wives of Windsor, Loves Labours Lost, Raisin in the Sun (American Players Theatre); Without You (Associate, Off-Broadway); Intimate Apparel, Fireflies (Northlight Theatre); Happy Days (Flint Rep); Cymbeline (Stratford Festival); Shakespeare's Will (Indiana Rep); Romeo & Juliet, Billy Bishop Goes to War (Globe Theatre); Small Mouth Sounds (Theatreworks Colorado); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times); Therefore Choose Life (HGJT); Extinction Therapist (Upcoming, Theatre Aquarius).
Film and TV Credits (Selected): Assistant Costume Designer, Station Eleven (HBO MAX); Assistant Costume Designer, Five Days at Memorial (Apple TV).
Upcoming: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Grand Theatre); DION (Coalmine Theatre); The Little Prince (Theatreworks Colorado Springs); Shirley Valentine (Theatre Aquarius)
Other: www.scottpennerdesign.ca – @scottpennerdesign
Lisa Wright
Lisa Wright
Costume Designer
For the Grand Theatre: Head of Wardrobe 2008 – present. Homes: A Refugee Story, High School Projects: Into the Woods, Titanic, Prom Queen, Evita, Les Misérables School Edition, Hello, Dolly!, The Addams Family: A New Musical, Legally Blonde, My Fair Lady, Footloose, Anything Goes, Grease. Other: Art, The Mountaintop, Fly Me to the Moon, Hair. Assistant Head of Wardrobe for 7 seasons; came to the Grand Theatre as a tailor in 1989.
Theatre Credits (Selected): The Stratford Festival, Livent, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Banff Theatre Centre.
Kimberly Purtell
Kimberly Purtell
Lighting Designer
For the Grand Theatre: Elf, Rubaboo, Home for the Holidays, This London Life, Prom Queen The Musical
Theatre Credits (Selected): A Wrinkle In Time, Frankenstein : Revived (Stratford Festival); Treemonisha (Volcano); Maggie (Theatre Aquarius & Charlottetown Festival); Indecent (Mirvish/Studio 180); Uncle Vanya, Fifteen Dogs (Crow’s Theatre); Da Kink In My Hair (Soulpepper); On The Razzle (Shaw Festival); Pomegranate (Canadian Opera Company); Newsies (Arena Stage).
Other: Recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a Montreal English Theatre Award, and an Elizabeth Sterling Award. She is the Vice President of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Aaron Ouellette
Aaron Ouellette
Sound Designer
For the Grand Theatre: Sound Design Debut. Live Sound Mixer: Colours in the Storm. Current Head of Sound.
Other: IATSE 105 Union Member. Thank you to IATSE 105 and The Grand Theatre for all your support.
Hannah Elias
Hannah Elias
Assistant Director
For the Grand Theatre: Debut.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Hello Dolly (Musical Theatre Productions); Pure Imagination, Super School, Wanda’s World, Drama 101, Snoopy: The Musical, Curtains (Original Kids Theatre Company); Be Positive: Fino A Qui Tutto Bene (Compagnia Balafori).
Other: Graduate of the Dance’s StartUp VI program at the Leggere Strutture Art Factory in Bologna, Italy.
Anita Nittoly
Anita Nittoly
Fight and Intimacy Director
For the Grand Theatre: Fall On Your Knees.
Theatre Credits (selected): Fall on Your Knees (Canstage/NAC); Counter Offence (Segal Centre); Fairview (Canstage); Prodigal (Crow's Theatre); Trojan Girls and The Outhouse of Atreus (Outside The March/Factory Theatre); Our Place (Cahoots/TPM); 2019 Season (The Stratford Festival).
Film and TV Credits (selected): SEE, Star Trek: Discovery, Pretty Hard Cases, Titans, The Boys, Rabbit Hole, What We Do in the Shadows, and various Ubisoft motion capture productions.
Other: Anita is a Stage Combat Instructor, Fight Director, and Sexual Choreographer at the National Theatre School.
Alice Ferreyra Galliani
Alice Ferreyra Galliani
Stage Manager
For the Grand Theatre: Maggie & Pierre.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Death and the King’s Horseman, Hamlet, R+J, Henry VIII, Birds of a Kind, Bakkhai (Stratford Festival); The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company); Maanomaa, My Brother (Blue Bird Theatre Collective); Every Silver Lining (Next Stage Festival); Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls (Roseneath Theatre); The Drowsy Chaperone, Footloose, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening, Spelling Bee, Nine (Randolph College); Godspell (Theatre Sheridan); Anne of Green Gables, Evita, Shrek the Musical (LOT); The Canadian (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Hamlet (Tarragon Theatre); City of Angels (Theatre By the Bay).
Devon Vecchio
Devon Vecchio
Apprentice Stage Manager
For the Grand Theatre: Debut.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Gaslight (Vertigo); Dido and Aeneas (Opera Atelier); Me Love BINGO!: Best In Snow (Arts Club); The 39 Steps (The Grove); Bury the Hatchet (Culture Den Society/Belfry); Summer Bucket List (Collectivus); Comic Potential, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The Drowsy Chaperone (Phoenix); Horse Girl, Spin the Bottle, and Oink, Oink (SATCo).
Other: Graduate of the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production and Management.
Andrew Rethazi
Vocal Coach


Title Sponsor
Western Fair District