Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” opened on Broadway in 1988 and continues to be the longest running show there (overtaking “Cats” in 2006). The opportunity to perform a current Broadway show is usually not an option for high school theatrical groups as the royalties are not available. However, through a special arrangement with Webber’s Really Useful Group and Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals, the licensing of “The Phantom of the Opera” is now available to high schools. Camden Hills Regional High School will produce this historic show in November.

The Camden Hills theater department invites any students interested in working behind the scenes on the fall musical to come to the school’s Black Box theater Thursday, June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to meet the directors and get an overview of what will be involved in presenting this Broadway blockbuster on the Strom stage.

The technical aspects of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic should offer something for everyone including set design, scenery construction, scene painting, lighting and sound design, special effects, costuming, makeup, hair styling and more. A virtual army of techies will be needed. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn about theater and design, meet new people, have fun and be part of something really spectacular.

In addition to pizza, the June 16 “picnic” will provide a chance for members of the class of 2015 to meet upperclassmen prior to their orientation at the end of August. There will be workshops during the summer for those interested in set and lighting design. Regular tech sessions for others will begin Monday, Aug. 29. For further information about the technical aspects of the show, contact Tech Director Rick Ash at rick_ash@fivetowns.net.

For those Camden Hills students interested in performing in the show, auditions will be Aug. 30, 31 and Sept 1. Throughout the summer, vocal “stretch your range” workshops will be given. Students interested in auditioning should contact Director Kim Murphy at kim_murphy@fivetowns.net.

Community members who would like to become involved in any production aspects of this exciting venture are encouraged to contact Murphy at the above address.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.