Haven Fair plays the mysterious Erik, the Phantom of Opera. in LifeHouse Theater’s original musical “Phantom of the Opera” running August 26 – September 24, 2017 in Redlands.
(Redlands. Calif.) The popular and suspenseful tale of the mysterious Phantom comes to LifeHouse Theater in a new original musical. “Guests will witness young Christine’s rise to fame in the opera world, thanks to the schemes of the ominous Phantom, who seeks to win her heart. Sinister plots abound amidst comedic moments and tragic situations based on the original classic novel, “said Jeff DeWitt, General Manager of LifeHouse Productions, Inc.
Performances begin Saturday, August 26, at 7:30 PM and will continue on weekends through September 24. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:15 PM (except Opening Night) and 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 2:15 PM. A special Throwback Thursday evening performance, with special pricing, is September 21 at 7:30 PM. The performance on Friday, September 8, at 7:30 PM also feature an interpreted presentation for the deaf.
“It was a daunting challenge to adapt this epic story for the stage, especially since many versions have been produced,” said LifeHouse President Wayne R. Scott, who wrote and directed this new musical. “I found that by staying true to the novel written by Gaston Leroux, there is an amazing tale to be told with fresh and redemptive angles audiences have come to appreciate in our productions.”
Pierre (John Griffith) attempts to convince Raoul (Jordan Crother) that the Phantom is a hoax, unaware of the lurking figure watching them (Haven Fair) in LifeHouse Theater’s original musical “Phantom of the Opera” (August 26 – September 24, 2017). [photo by Elizabeth Ekema-Nardella]
“All the experience and expertise Wayne has had as a storyteller are put on display in this musical,” said DeWitt. “There is so much more to the story that is brought out in our production. Guests are in for a real treat.”
Scott has teamed with professional television music composer Zach Marsh, who has worked with him in creating the contemporary score, lyrics and orchestration. Scott’s production staff includes assistant director Chris Hallenbeck, choreographers Jennifer M. DeWitt and Tai Dooley, music directors Sarah Pearce and Jeremy Yeo and costume designer Machir Lakofka. Scenic design is by Vincent Martinucci.
This new musical adaptation features a cast of more than thirty performers from all over the Inland Empire.
The Players includes Haven Fair plays Erik, the Phantom of the tale. Autumn Manson plays Christine Daae and Jordan Crother plays Raoul. The production also features Diana Handy as Carlotta Guidicelli, John Griffith as Pierre Dubois, Lilly Spencer as Meg Giry, Dave Hurley as Armand Moncharmin, Rich Lampe as Firmin Richard, Duane Crother as Gerrard Sorelli, Nick Diliberto as Commissioner Mifroid and Priscilla George as Madame Giry.
Raoul (Jordan Crother) presents a flower to Christine (Autumn Manson) backstage after her performance in LifeHouse Theater’s original musical “Phantom of the Opera” (August 26 – September 24, 2017). [photo by Elizabeth Ekema-Nardella]
“Phantom of the Opera” concludes LifeHouse Theater‘s 23rd season. The new 24th season has been announced with money-saving season passes now on sale at the LifeHouse Box Office.
The bombastic Carlotta (Diana Handy) takes center stage away from Christine (Autumn Manson) who is comforted by her friend Meg (Lilly Spencer) in LifeHouse Theater’s original musical “Phantom of the Opera” (August 26 – September 24, 2017). [photo by Elizabeth Ekema-Nardella]
Advance ticket prices are $18 or $24 for adults and $9 or $12 for children ages 3-11 (no children under 3 are admitted) and can be purchased over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (909) 335-3037. Tickets are available online at boxoffice.lifehousetheater.com. Guests are encouraged to reserve seats early as performances do sell out.
The LifeHouse theater is in Redlands at 1135 N. Church St. in, next to the Redlands Christian School. Free parking is available in back of the theater. More information call (909) 335-3037 or visit the website at www.lifehousetheater.com.
Lifehouse Theater Presents The World Premiere Musical “Phantom Of The Opera”
The popular and suspenseful tale of the mysterious Phantom comes to LifeHouse Theater in a new original musical of “Phantom of the Opera” staring Haven Fair as the Phantom and Christine Daae as the object of the Phantoms affections. The musical runs weekends starting Saturday, August 26, at 7:30 PM through September 24. For tickets or for more information call (909) 335-3037 or visit the website at www.lifehousetheater.com.
African American history exhibit at Hard Drive Data Doctor The San Bernardino County Museum from the Black Voice Foundation Inc.
More than 1,000 African American museum leaders from all over the world look to Riverside to host the first AAAM Conference west of the Rocky Mountains
(RIVERSIDE, CA) The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is in final negotiations with the Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the 38th annual AAAM conference in downtown Riverside in August 2016.
The conference covers three days, attracting more than 1,000 curators, historians, librarians, museum professionals and cultural leaders from 200 museums, libraries and institutes from around the world.
“We are pleased to select Riverside, California as the finalist for our 2016 conference,” said Samuel W. Black, AAAM President, and Director of African American Programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit organization established to support African and African American focused museums nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture.
“We are excited that the City of Riverside was chosen as the location for the 2016 conference,” said world famous African-American artist Charles Bibbs, art committee chair. “We are planning the largest exhibit of African-American art and culture on the West Coast.”
“We are planning the largest exhibit of African-American art and culture on the West Coast,” said world famous African-American artist, Charles Bibbs, art committee chair.
Riverside is the host city and the Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum in Perris, is the host museum in collaboration with Riverside African American Historical Society, The Black Voice Foundation and the Riverside Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“This is an exciting opportunity for more than 1,000 African-American museum leaders to visit Riverside and showcase African-American Culture and to experience the region’s culture,” said Debbie Megna, executive director of the Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This event will generate income for the convention center and our region’s businesses, hotels, restaurants and encourage shopping with local malls, shops, stores and vendors.”
To take advantage of hosting world’s foremost authorities in the preservation and promotion of African-American Culture to downtown Riverside, the Riverside African-American Festival Committee is planning to host a week long African-American Cultural Celebration to coincide with the conference.
“The addition of a week long African-American Cultural Celebration will increase the number of visitors to more than 10,000 people, generating more revenue to our city and increasing Riverside’s international cultural significance,” said Carl M. Dameron, Committee Chair.
“We are excited about to the opportunity to showcase the Cities of Riverside and Perris and the region as a cultural hub. We plan to celebrate African American culture by partnering with the area’s leading artists, museums, theaters, schools, colleges and universities to showcase world class exhibits of African American art, photography, film, theater, history and music,” said Dameron.
Left to Right: Lovella Singer, Carl Dameron, Charles Bibbs. Front Row: Alberta Mable Kearney, 92 year-old visionary & founder of the DNAAAHM. Members of the AAAM 2016 Riverside reception committee. Not pictures and Dr. Ruth Jackson, Director Tuskegee Airman Archive, University of California, Riverside, Rose Mayes; President Riverside African American Historical Society, and Hardy Brown II, Black Voice Foundation.
Previous AAAM conferences were held in major eastern cities including Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Tallahassee, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Birmingham, Alabama; St. Louis, Missouri and the farthest west, Denver, Colorado.
The Riverside AAAM Conference 2016 is charged with raising the funds to host the conference. The initial fundraising goal is $15,000, with a third of the funds already committed. The committee is looking for business and community organizations, along with local leaders for sponsorships and advertising at the conference.
Contact Carl M. Dameron at (909) 534-9500 for more information on sponsorships, advertising and promotions.
The Riverside African-American Festival Committee members include Chair, Carl Dameron, Creative Director of Dameron Communications; AAAM Conference Co-Chairs, Lovella Singer, CEO of the Dora Nelson African American Art & History Museum (DNAAAHM) in Perris and Dr. Ruth Jackson, Director Tuskegee Airman Archive, University of California, Riverside and Charles Bibbs, Arts Coordinator Chair.
Additional committee chairs include: Site, Transportation and Logistics, Debbie Megna; Treasurer/Finance, Rose Mayes; President Riverside African American Historical Society, Sue Strickland, Lynne Taylor, DNAAAHM Treasurer; Hardy Brown II, Black Voice Foundation, museum consultant; Dave Stuart, City of Perris Museum Consultant; Sarah Wolk, Western Region Outreach Coordinator; Shirley Johnson, Chair of DNAAAHM Board of Directors; Katie Keyes, Perris Valley Museum Historical Association; and Patricia Korzac, March Air Museum.
For more information on the Riverside AAAM 2016 Conference contact Debbie Megna at (951) 222-4700.
About Riverside Association of African American Museums (AAAM) 2016
Riverside AAAM 2016 is a collaboration of several agencies that attracted the 2016 Association of African American Museum Conference to Riverside. Their mission is to promote the positive interpretation of African and African American art, history and culture in the Inland Empire. The group will also develop and promote an annual African American Cultural Festival in downtown Riverside to protect, preserve, interpret and commemorate African American/Black culture.
About The Association of African American Museums (AAAM)
The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit member organization established to support African and African American focused museums nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture.
Established as the single representative and principal voice of the African American museum movement, the Association seeks to strengthen and advocate for the interests of institutions and individuals committed to the preservation of African-derived cultures.
The services provided by AAAM enhance the ability of those museums to serve the needs and interests of persons of African ancestry and those who wish to know more about the art, history and culture of African-derived cultures.