Phantom of the Opera Chandelier

16 06 2010

For those of you who aren’t aware, during the 2007-2008 academic year Elon’s performing Arts Department launched one of the first amateur productions of Phantom of the Opera. The production was part of a study conducted by the Rogers and Hammerstein Organization in order to evaluate the challenges facing amateur groups in launching Phantom.  Two universities and four high schools participated.

This summer the Rogers and Hammerstein Organization has made Phantom of the Opera available for amateur groups.  I have been receiving emails from colleges all asking the same question…How did you handle the chandelier?  I thought it would be helpful to create a slide show of the construction process of the Elon chandelier. Here are a few things to consider.

  • We did not crash it at the end of act I.  We used big effects and a timely blackout
  • It took over 200 man hours to fabricate, detail and install
  • It cost approximately $3000.00
  • The rigging was complicated and required significant rigging experience

If you have any question concerning Phantom of the Opera or the Chandelier feel free to contact Bill Webb at 336-278-5717.  Pdf or AUTOcad drafting’s of the chandelier are available.  Please email requests to webbbill@elon.edu.

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