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What is The Phantom of the Orchestra?

The Phantom of the Orchestra is a one-hour family and pops concert piece for orchestra and four actors. This is one of several "produce-it-yourself" family concert packages from Justin Locke Productions. The purpose of these programs is to provide orchestras with an easily produced program that introduces children to classical music while keeping their parents entertained as well.

Who wrote the music?

The music for this program is from the standard literature. The program includes music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, and others.

What is it about?

The Phantom of the Orchestra is the story of a shadowy being who lives in an empty concert hall. But his peaceful existence is invaded by . . . an ORCHESTRA. Their incessant playing of loud music drives him insane, and so he sets out to destroy the orchestra by fair means or foul (teaching us a great deal about how an orchestra works on the way).

How do I get a perusal score?

I have them in PDF format, just ask :-) email me at justinlocke1@gmail.com or call me at 781 330-8143

What is the orchestration?

The minimum orchestration for Phantom is "Mozart Plus Harp," i.e., strings, double ww's, 2 horns (optional 4), 2 trumpets, harp, 2 perc. However, I recommend (and most clients seem to prefer) doing the full version with 4 horns, 4 tpts, tbns and tuba.

What does the rental of the show include?

All rentals of the show include a score and complete set of parts. The parts are fabulous; all GBC bound, with all the stage cues on the left page and the music on the right page!

Who has performed it?

"Phantom" has been done by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Phoenix Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Elgin Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and is regularly done in Poland by the "Speaking Concerts" group. It was also done in an expanded version in the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro.

How do I produce it?

Usually, Phantom is done in collaboration with a local theater group. Technical requirements are minimal. The advantage of renting this program is you have control over schedule and quality without having to worry about a touring performing group. It has been done with actors of all ages. Professional Orchestras can do it with one 3 hour rehearsal.

This piece is a little more challenging to stage than Peter VS. the Wolf, as it includes singing, a bit of choreogaphy, a chase scene, and lots of visual/physical comedy. But while it is a little more challenging, in the hands of a competent stage director it can be a lot of fun for performers and audience alike.

How much does it cost?

Regarding fees, well, as you know, everything in the music business is negotiable. Fees vary depending on orchestra size, size of hall, admission price, etc. Best to just shoot me an email telling me your situation-- pro/ amateur orchestra, number of seats, ticket prices, etc., and I will make you a deal. No hard sell, no pressure-- I don't have time! :-)

Email me at justinlocke1@gmail.com for a quick quote.

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