Thursday, October 29, 2009
PHANTOM rolls into Tempe
Eleven days ago, 20 semi-trucks ascended on ASU Gammage each filled with all the pieces that make PHANTOM the grand spectacle it’s been for the past 21 years.
It takes more than 50 local stage hands –
who work from 8am to midnight— to “unpack” everything from the proscenium, the lights, costumes, wigs and more before Gammage fills with audience members starting Wednesday, October 28 and continuing through November 22.
Local media had the opportunity to get a sneak peak at this process.
The grandness of Phantom doesn’t end with load-in … everything Phantom does is big!
Check out these Fun Facts:
125 cast, crew and orchestra members and house personnel are directly involved in each performance.
The Chandelier has more than 30,000 beads in it.
The national tour of Phantom has performed more than 7,000 performances.
More than 350 Phantom masks have been custom-made during the 20 year run.
I hope you all get a chance to see Phantom while it is in Tempe. While you’re sitting there before the show starts or at intermission, just think of all the hard work and the number of individuals it takes to get this show up and running … and in a few weeks these 20 trucks will depart Tempe and arrive in the next city and start it all over again.
Public Relations Manager