As quite a few of you may know, my siblings and I have been taking a Musical Theater class this summer. We worked hard throughout the seminars, working on pieces from "The Phantom Of The Opera", "Les Miserables", and "Wicked". The director of the show and teacher of the class was Alyssa Phinney, a trained soprano.
Nicholas Jefferson, my youngest brother, The moment my brother walked into the auditorium it was obvious he would be chosen to play Gavroche. From his stature, to his "Gavroche-like" youthful voice and personality, this was his role.
My brother Randy played "Erik/The Phantom" in the "Angel of Music" sequence with Beth Le'grave singing the part of Christine and Alaina Wittig as Meg. My brother, although hesitant in the beginning, found he was perfectly capable of singing. He had a low booming voice I was not expecting. He even wore my Phantom of the Opera mask (Halloween) for half of the song.
Most people who know me personally know me for my deep voice, somewhat "Contralto-like". Well I sang a very "Soprano-like" song that day. Benjamin Wright played the part of the Phantom and I performed the part of Christine in the theme song from the musical "The Phantom of the Opera". I must say everyone in the audience was extremely surprised, when I began the high notes at the end of the song I'm assuming they were surprised it was humanly possible to sing that high. Admittedly I was crossing my fingers the whole time.
In the second acting segment, four cast members, Nathan Jacobs portrayed the "Evil Stepfather", Jenna Perock as "Cinderella" Beth Le'grave as "Portia the dim-witted evil step-sister", and I played "Joy the depressed evil step-sister". Truthfully I found it funny that in the first acting segment of the show I performed the part of the goodly, bubbly Fairy Godmother, and in the second segment I played a bratty, spoiled, depressing Step Sister.