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Lathrop High staging The Phantom of the Opry
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From left, Eric Deleon as the Phantom threatens to blow up the place in the Lathrop High mini-musical The Phantom of the Opry. The fall production at the LHS Intermediate Theatre will run from Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

LATHROP – The citizens of the mythical town of Skunk Creek has a phantom lurking in the opera house.

They’re part of “The Phantom of the Op’ry,” which is a spoof of the Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Adapted from the book by Tim Kelly – music by Gerald Castle and song lyrics by Michael Vigilant – students from the Lathrop High Drama department can hardly wait for opening night.

That’s according to teacher Dianna Puett. “This mini-musical for the fall is sort of a warm up for our big spring production (Guys & Dolls),” she said on Monday.

Opening night is 7 o’clock Thursday, Nov. 29, at LHS, 647 Spartan Way. The three-day run also includes Nov. 30 (7 p.m.) and Dec. 1 (noon).

Eric Deleon stars as the Phantom, Arvin Argon as Lt. Farleigh Good, Gabby Ortiz as Christine Swansong, and Shannon Sandoval Ortiz as Carlotta Barracuda.

“The Phantom of the Op’ry” is also an interactive play.

Audience participation is encouraged, according to Puett. “One can never be sure if the person in the next seat is another audience member or part of the cast,” she added.

Students have been preparing for this play since late August.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, and $3 for seniors, children under 12, and students with an ASB card.

For more information, call 209-938-6350.