1 The Phantomof the Opera 2 Gaston Leroux 1868-1927 3 The setting of The Phantom of the Opera is the Paris Opera House--still the largest opera house in the world. 4 Construction began in 1861 but it did not open until January 5 1875--fourteen years later! 5 The building stood seventeen stories high--seven below street level--and covered a site of nearly three acres. 6 An underground lake was built deep beneath the stage in the darkness of the fifth basement and water from it was used to operate the hydraulic stage machinery. 7 The Grand Staircase on opening night January 5 1875 8 The Grand Staircase 9 Another View 10 The Famous Chandelier Hanging in the center of the auditorium is the ornate crystal chandelier seven tons of metalwork and glass. 11 As shown here it can be raised into the room above for cleaning and inspection. 12 Phantoms ofthePast 13 On April 26 1925 a silent film pre-miered in San Francisco starring Lon Chaney as the Phantom. Theatre managers were warned to have smelling salts on hand for nervous ladies who were likely to faint at his awful sight. Lon Chaney 14 James Cagney plays the Phantom in a movie about Lon Chaney named The Man of a Thousand Faces. James Cagney 15 Herbert Lom In 1962 The Phantom of the Opera was filmed once more this time in London. In this version the Phantom was depicted as a wholly sympathetic character blamed for the foul deeds of a new menace the Dwarf and he dies trying to save the heroine from the falling chandelier. 16 Herbert Lom unmasked! 17 Maximilian Schell This is from a 1982 version made in Hungary for CBS television. You may recognize the young lady who played the young heroine as Jane Seymour who recently played the title role in the television program Dr. Quinn. 18 Phantoms of Today! 19 The most recent version of The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber a British theatrical genius who had previously written Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats. 20 Michael Crawford played the Phantom in this musical stage production that began in London in 1984 and made its American debut on Broadway in 1988. 21 Michael Crawford Prepares for His Role as the Phantom 22 (No Transcript) 23 (No Transcript) 24 (No Transcript) 25 (No Transcript) 26 (No Transcript) 27 (No Transcript) 28 (No Transcript) 29 (No Transcript) 30 (No Transcript) 31 (No Transcript) 32 (No Transcript) 33 The Final Product The Phantom is ready to put on his costume and step onto the stage for his performance and. . . . 34 Voila ! 35 Christine the young singer with whom the Phantom falls in love was played by Sarah Brightman Andrew Lloyd Webbers wife. 36 (No Transcript) 37 (No Transcript) 38 (No Transcript) 39 (No Transcript) 40 Charles Dance starred as the Phantom in Arthur Kopits 1990 tele- vision production. It is a version much closer to Lerouxs original story than most film versions. 41 (No Transcript) 42 CHARACTERS Carlotta Cholet Christine Phantom Count de Chagny Jean Claude Carriere Joseph Buquet Flora Florence Fleure Alfredo Inspector Ledoux Belladova 43 bistro domain foil prima donna improvise subterranean betrayal disfigurement goblet prop buffoon vigilant phantom Jaunty Opera catacombs VOCABULARY 44 VOCABULARY chateau (n.) maestro (n.) lagoon (n.) repertoire (n.) patron (n.) incredulous (adj.) amends (n.) unerring (adj.) pandemonium (n.) debut Wilted(V) blueprint(n) enthralled 45 WARM UP
Describe the Paris Opera House.
What is a phantom
Who is Carriere and why is he leaving the opera house
Write 2 new vocabulary words and their meaning according to our play.
46 WARM UP 5. Describe the circumstances surrounding how the Phantom heard Christine sing and offered to give her voice lessons. 6. Describe three (3) tricks the Phantom played on Carlotta to make her debut a flop. 7. Add three vocabulary words from the play to your personal vocabulary list. Be sure to write the definition and a sentence. 47 9. Describe what we learn about the relationship between Christine and the Count through a flashback when they were young.10. Motivated by jealousy Carlotta attempts to insure that Christines debut is also a flop. What does she do to make this happen What happens to Christine when she starts to sing How does the audience react11. What does the Phantom do in reaction to the above How does the chandelier play into the scene WARM UP 48 Study Guide
Who is the new managing director of the Paris
opera house How did he get his job
2. Who is the new prima donna How did she get
3. Who broke the rules Describe what happened to this character and why How were the circumstances covered up to eliminate suspicion
49 Study Guide 4. Describe how Christine got to the opera house and how she was received after her arrival. 5. What do Christine Flora Florence and Fleure have in common 6. Who is Carriere Why is his leaving the opera house a problem for the phantom 7. Describe the circumstances surrounding how the Phantom heard Christine sing and offered to give her voice lessons. 50 Study Guide 8. Describe three tricks the Phantom played on Carlotta to make here debut a flop. 9. How did the Paris opera goers react to Carlottas performances What impact did it have on the box office receipts 10. How did Christine audition Where did it take place 11. Describe what we learn about the relationship between Christine and the Count through a flashback about when they were children 51 Study Guide 12. Motivated by jealousy Carlotta attempts to insure Christines debut is also a flop. What does Carlotta do to make this happen What happens to Christine when she starts to sing How does the audience react 13. What does the Phantom do in reaction to the previous question. How does the chandelier play into this scene 14. When Christine wakes up where is she Describe this situation.
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