Theater preview: BYU to stage epic musical 'The Phantom of the Opera'

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12 2013 12:30 p.m. MST

“There will be 40 pieces in the pit, and I tell my students, ‘Hey, enjoy that. You’ll never find that many orchestra members again.’ On Broadway, there are 11 to 14, maybe, and they are always trying to reduce that, and 11 to 14 is a big ensemble,” he explains.

Threlfall called upon BYU alumni who have performed in professional productions to mentor students, and he was able to speak directly to the legendary director of “The Phantom of the Opera” following a New York City theater conference at which Prince was the keynote speaker.

“We’re always looking for productions that will challenge the students,” Threlfall says. “This has been the most cohesive group within the College of Fine Arts and Communication that I’ve ever been able to work with.”

If you go

What: “The Phantom of the Opera”

Where: Harris Fine Arts Center’s de Jong Concert Hall

When: Jan. 16-Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Saturday matinee performances

How much: $15-$25

Tickets: 801-422-4322 or

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