INSIDE LOOK: Phantom of the Opera on stage at Shea’s

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Phantom of the Opera is back on stage at Shea’s Performing Arts Center over the next week-and-a-half. The show opened Wednesday night.

We learned a little bit about what goes into making the performance look flawless.

“I think backstage, we have 120 people to load the show in,” said Quentin Oliver Lee, who is playing The Phantom. “We have 20 semi-trucks just for this show.”

The morning after opening night, there was just as much work to do as the morning before.

Stage manager Mitchell Hodges says when they get to a new town, setting everything up takes two-and-a-half days. Few things in the theatre look more beautiful than the dazzling chandelier hanging over the audience. It weighs a ton, literally.

“It goes into a cage, goes on and off the truck,” said Hodges. It goes onto a platform right into the house. It doesn’t come apart at all. It travels just like that. It’s the only chandelier of its kind. It’s unique to just our show. You can’t see it anywhere else.”

The show will be on stage through May 6th. For Lee, playing The Phantom is an honor.

“It’s huge for me to think about, just overall on a night to night basis,” he said. “It’s really exhilarating.”

In between shows, Lee says there’s even a little time for exploring around the Queen City.

“Visiting little places around Buffalo and, of course, Niagara Falls,” he said. “That’s going to be pretty exciting. I’ve never been there.”

According to Hodges, some of the crew members travel with the production. But most of them are local people, who are hired to help out.

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