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March 4, 2013

KHS to perform "Phantom of the Opera"


Knoxville —

Duffy said the talent, and contributions to make this show a reality, have come from beyond the walls of the high school. Dawn Flattery designed the set.
"She is so creative," Duffy said. 
Jim Oberbroeckling is doing the sound for the show. Jerry Beary, Caprice Daugherty, Susan Mayer, Jerry Ayers, Jeff Sinnard, Gary DeMaria, Roy Provenzano, Gary Bacus and so many other members of the Knoxville community have also stepped forward to make the show a reality. 
"Anything I've asked for, they've done," Duffy said. As grateful as she is for the assistance from the community at hand, Duffy is proud of the work her cast and crew have put into the show. 
"Ever since Duffy had announced that we were going to do 'Phantom of the Opera' as this year's musical, before Christmas break, I have been practicing songs and watching the movie on repeat," Daugherty said. "It is the most demanding musical that I have done and I want it to be the best it can be, so I make sure to rehearse as much as possible." 
Daugherty also commented that Christine, the lead character, is her dream and she is honored to play the role. 
"(Daugherty) seems to be about a week ahead of schedule," Duffy said. 
"I had to put in a lot of time on my own," Stearns said. "Outside of school, I look at the book and sing and read and play the piano along if there's a part I'm not sure I'm getting. I also have the soundtrack, so I'll listen along with that and have watched numerous performances of it, to get a feel for what the part is like." 
Stearns and Daugherty knew the work the musical would require, but they are proud to do it. They also have faith in their fellow castmates, as well as their director.

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