System-wide Musical Production
March brings system-wide musical "Phantom of the Opera"
Posted on 03/08/2016
March winds will blow in a special treat for those who love performance art and theatre as the first system-wide musical nears opening night on March 18 at Model High School.  Thirteen students from the four Floyd County high schools have been cast to appear in “Phantom of the Opera,” the first theatrical production for Floyd County Schools featuring students from all four high schools. The new effort in the arts is designed to expand opportunities for artistically talented students in the school system.  The show dates will be March 18, 19, and 20. 

Christopher Morgan, a sophomore, at Coosa High was selected to play the lead role as the Phantom, a musical genius who dwells deep beneath a majestic opera house in Paris. The character is shunned by society for his horrible facial deformity and he takes a young soprano, Christine, under his wing to groom for operatic fame. 

Baleigh Nelson, a sophomore at Pepperell High, has been cast as Christine.  The Phantom falls deeply in love with his protégé Christine but as she becomes more successful, a young man from the past, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, reenters the picture.  Vicompte is played by Max Rampley, a junior at Pepperell High.  

Teens selected for the show have been rehearsing since September to bring the performance to the stage at Model High. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students and our school system to open new doors of opportunity in the arts,” said Suzanne Clonts, director of fine arts for Floyd County Schools. “I look forward to showcasing the talents of our students on the stage for the community.”  Sherry Childs, a veteran of theater in the area is the director for the production.  "We plan for this to be the first of many such productions for the school system," stated Dr. John Jackson, superintendent of Floyd County Schools.

Other cast selections are: Peyton Christen, a sophomore at Armuchee High, in the role of Meg Giry; Olivia Parker, a freshman at Coosa High, as Madame Giry; Sam Bryant, a junior at Model High, as Monsieur Andre'; Joy Christie, a senior at Model High, as Carlotta Giudicelli; Noah Clay, a senior at Model High, as Monsieur Reyer; Mathew Frantz, a senior at Model High, as Ubaldo Piangi; Zac Mitchell, a freshman at Coosa High, as Monsieur Firmin; Brice Green, a junior at Pepperell High, as the Auctioneer; Noah Rogers, a senior at Pepperell High, as Joseph Buquet; Trey Wilkerson, a sophomore at Pepperell High, as Monsieur Lefevere; Hunter McDaniel, a junior at Model High, the lead male dancer; and Jana Payne, a sophomore at Pepperell High, as the Wardrobe Mistress. 

More than 50 teens auditioned for the cast and all who wished to participate have found a role in the ensemble.  The Ensemble cast includes: Katie Weatherford from Armuchee High; Sarah Ozment from Coosa High; Katerina Creel, Justin Wheat and Thomas Boylen from Model High; and Amber Carter, Celeste Forsyth, Shannon Hindman, Nia Jordan, Skyler Weaver, Will Rogers, Leila Tabb, Mayu Askew, Sachi Askew, and Lydia Pledger from Pepperell High. Dancers in the production will be Karson Cabe, Emmie Chambless, Katherine Hall, Bria Moon, Sarah Kate Cochran, Maggie Oakes and Emma Roberts, all of Model High; and Zahrina Ghani, from Pepperell High School.    

Lacey Pinson, a teacher at Model High, will be the show choreographer and Judson Whitfield, a teacher at Pepperell High, will be the music director for the production.   

Rehearsals for the play began in September so students have been working diligently throughout the school year to get the production ready for the stage.  The show dates and times for “Phantom of the Opera" are March 18 at 7:30 p.m., March 19 at 7:30 p.m., and March 20 at 2:30 p.m.  The shows will be held in the Model High auditorium with tickets $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students. The show is produced by special permission from Rodgers and Hammerstein 

 Photo: Max Rampley, a junior at Pepperell High, and Baleigh Nelson, a sophomore at Pepperell, rehearse a scene between their characters Vicomte Raoul de Chagny and Christine.

Group Photo: (L to R):  Joy Christie, Olivia Parker, Peyton Christen,Baleigh Nelson, Zac Mitchell, Mathew Frantz and Christopher Morgan perform a song from the show for the 7 Hills Rotary Club.