IT is not often the kiss of a husband and wife is put under such scrutiny.
Later this month, husband and wife Scott and Alex Halls will take to the stage for Orange Theatre Company’s production of The Phantom of the Opera.
They will play the much-loved characters of Raoul and Christine Daae.
“We were told by choreography to make it look a little bit more romantic,” Mr Halls said of their first rehearsal kiss for the Phantom.
“We did get in trouble for kissing too long,” Mrs Halls said.
The theatre has played a role in the couple’s lives since they met during the production of My Fair Lady five years ago.
Mr Halls said the fact that they already had chemistry together would allow them to deliver a better performance in the Phantom.
“It’s made it easier and that allows us to focus on other aspects,” he said.
“We’d already done a lot of the groundwork beforehand, we had a little chemistry.”
In the lead-up to Phantom the couple said they were excited and nervous about the responsibility of undertaking such a well-known show.
“It has been and continues to be one big, beautiful challenge,” Mrs Halls said.
“It’s such a well-known show and it’s a really challenging show ... vocally and technically.”
“It’s overwhelming because it is technically challenging,” Mr Halls said.
Orange Theatre Company has been granted one of only four licences in NSW to produce the iconic musical, making it one of the first in the world to stage a non-professional production.
The Phantom of the Opera will be performed at Orange Civic Theatre from October 18 to November 2.
There will also be a performance at Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on November 9.
Call Orange Civic Theatre on 6393 8111 to book your tickets.