BY DAY, Sean O’Brien is the deputy principal and drama teacher at St Mary’s College in Seymour.
By night and weekends, he transforms into over-the-top Italian opera singer Ubaldo Piangi in Echuca-Moama Theatre Company’s production of The Phantom of the Opera.
The Kialla resident has spent the past four months driving to and from Echuca in preparation for EMTC’s biggest show yet.
And Sean can’t wait to get on stage and blow audiences away when the curtains open next week.
‘‘I have been challenged in this role which I have loved,’’ he said.
‘‘The singing is immense but it is starting to come together well.’’
Sean has been involved in musical theatre for most of his life, but more consistently in last 12 years.
‘‘I’ve been involved in around 30 musicals, both on stage and off,’’ he said.
More recently, he directed The Sound of Music for Shepparton Theatre Arts Group (STAG) last year and has played some great roles with Seymour Performers Workshop, Numurkah Singers and STAG, including Curly in Oklahoma, Oscar in Sweet Charity, Billy Flynn in Chicago and Harold Hill in Music Man, in which he was nominated for a Georgy Award.
Phantom is his first show with EMTC and he has loved how welcoming the cast and crew have been.
‘‘We have fun together but everyone is working hard to ensure an amazing experience will be enjoyed by the audience,’’ he said.
‘‘It always amazes me the dedication of the people behind the scenes. Without these amazing people no show would happen.’’
The Phantom of the Opera will take to the stage at Echuca’s Paramount from Friday, May 25, to June 9.
More than 1500 tickets have been sold, so co-director John Wright is urging people to get in quick to avoid disappointment.
‘‘It will be an experience they’ll never get in another musical,’’ he said.
Tickets are available at the Paramount by phoning 5482 3399.