Bucks County Herald

Music Mountain Theatre opens to a full house

BRIDGET WINGERT

The new Music Mountain Theatre opened with the Yeston and Kopit version of “Phantom of the Opera” as its premiere performance last weekend, with an accomplished cast.

David Tapp as Erik, the Phantom, and Lauren Krigel as Christine gave outstanding performances in the lead roles. Their strong, well-trained voices pleased the enthusiastic audience, which included many young people, their parents and theater lovers from the local community.

Shelly O’Hara-Tapp managed to sing off-key and not, as the wondrous diva, Carlotta, and Donald Hallcom was a proper Gerard, the former theater manager, who knew all. The chorus and dancers, dressed in period costumes, backed up the players in a seamless performance.

The action took place in the new theater on Route 179 outside Lambertville City. It’s equipped with a large stage, comfortable seats and extensive lighting. It even managed a falling chandelier as “Phantom” requires. The theater is named for its location near the legendary Lambertville Music Circus, a theater-in-the-round under a tent, which played nearby in the 1950s and ‘60s.

The theater was commissioned by Ginny Brennan, director for many years of the Downtown Performing Arts Center, which had its roots in Doylestown. The group has trained a generation of actors and actresses from the local area.

Classes are available now for children and adults.

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