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March 4, 2013

KHS to perform "Phantom of the Opera"

Knoxville —  

The curtain will rise Friday night on the Knoxville High School production of "Phantom of the Opera," a musical that captured the hearts of many of the play's participants when they saw it performed on Broadway last year. 
 
"It was all (the students) talked about," Director Jackie Duffy said of the musical. She did not know if the rights could be obtained to allow the performance in Knoxville, but when she learned it could, she struggled with this performance or "Beauty and the Beast." Ultimately, she went with "Phantom." 
 
"People who come to the show are going to be absolutely amazed," Duffy said. She cannot think of anything that was included in the New York City performance that will not be a part of this weekend's performances at Knoxville Middle School. 
 
This weekend's performances should also mark the final Spring high school musical to be performed at KMS, as the Knoxville Performing Arts Center should be open and available by this time next year. For the many seniors involved, including lead actors Chambray Daugherty and Joe Stearns, this will be the last time they will take the stage for a KHS production. 
 
"I cannot believe that this is my senior year," Daugherty said. "This will be my thirteenth high school musical and I am taking in every moment of it. This musical is perfect for my final performance because it will show all the reasons I love the theater and music." 
 
"It is definitely bittersweet," Stearns added. "I have loved every minute of Knoxville theatre that I have had the privilege to be a part of and want to thank Mrs. Duffy for the countless hours she put in helping us and working with us to make our shows the best they can be. I will miss her, as well as the great group of other students I get to work with." 

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