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  • My name is Ben Lewis and I'm playing

  • the Phantom of the Opera.

  • - I'm Kelly and I play Christine Daae.

  • - Before I started

  • I wasn't aware how technical a show this was,

  • and so I think my favourite thing about, so far,

  • about playing the role is how many cool things

  • you get to do on the stage every night

  • from flying up in various pits of scenery

  • to hiding in little cubby holes all night

  • and scaring people, I think that's a lot of fun.

  • - I really like

  • her journey actually playing her as a character,

  • I feel that sometimes she can come across

  • some people think she's quite Disney,

  • but I'm quite like to show actually how strong she is

  • as a character, and like make her journey, like,

  • quite a big thing,

  • turning from like a girl into a woman.

  • That's quite I like about playing her.

  • So this show has been running for 31 years

  • which is incredible.

  • - It's kind of surreal to think that it's been

  • running so long, doesn't feel that way, being in building.

  • No, no.

  • I think the most surprising thing

  • about starting this company was

  • how energised this building is.

  • For a show that's been running for so long.

  • The energy is in here is so positive, is so upbeat,

  • There's people in the cast and the crew that'd have

  • been here for so many years.

  • - So many years.

  • - And they're some of the most energised

  • and most passionate people in the building.

  • I think the show has lasted as long as it has

  • because it's a story that resonates with so many people.

  • It's a love story,

  • - Yeah.

  • - It's a story of redemption, it's a story of betrayal,

  • - Mm-hmm.

  • - Leading to redemption.

  • And I think the characters are so relatable to people.

  • - It's never changed and it's so classic and people know it

  • as such a classic piece of theatre.

  • I think the first time I remember I came down,

  • I was quite young, I think I was around 14.

  • And I came with my mum on a trip to London.

  • I think the thing I remember the most was the chandelier.

  • I think everyone remembers that moment

  • when the overture comes on.

  • And I remember I sat in the Royal Circle

  • quite near the front, and I just remember it coming up.

  • And that feeling of it coming so near you

  • and the overture is so loud.

  • I think that was around the time when I really,

  • I seen this production and I would love to do this, so much.

  • - My favourite thing about Kelly's performance is watching

  • the transformation that you were actually

  • talking about earlier.

  • - Yeah.

  • - From sort of, young girl to woman.

  • - He really is the most incredible Phantom.

  • And I'm like so lucky to have him, here.

  • And I just find we just

  • really work well together on set.

  • It's really hard to say what you're good at

  • because you're just an incredible Phantom.

  • - And cut.

My name is Ben Lewis and I'm playing

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In conversation with the stars of The Phantom of the Opera

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    陳明頤 posted on 2019/05/09
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