A GROUND-breaking enterprise to take a 70 person community theatre group on tour has paid off for Orange Theatre company with tickets to the Dubbo shows sold out.
But do not panic, tickets to the Orange shows are still available but selling fast.
Director Peter Young said it was a mammoth project to move the production of The Phantom Of The Opera to Dubbo for shows on Saturday, October 9 and would they have to set up back stage crews in the city for at least a week in between the Orange and Dubbo shows because of the scale of relocating the set.
“We’re very lucky because the Dubbo Regional Theatre is reasonably equivalent to the Orange one and in terms of the set we don’t need to change much,” he said.
“This is the most extensive and most complex show the company has taken on.”
It is unusual for a community theatre group to go on tour but Mr Young said he could not resist the invitation from the Dubbo Regional Theatre.
Only four licences for amateur theatre companies were released so it is unlikely Dubbo would ever have a chance to have the production itself.
The production has 40 cast members and a 25 piece orchestra so the logistics of accommodating everyone and transporting them could have been an issue but Mr Young said Dubbo theatre staff had been extremely helpful.
Mr Young said the last 200 tickets of 900 available in Dubbo sold “within a blink of an eye”.
There are 12 shows on offer and 6000 seats available in Orange from October 18 to November 2.
Mr Young said there are tickets still available for the weekend shows but if you want the best seats the weekday shows had plenty on offer.
“This will be as close to a professional production as possible and it is playing right in your backyard.”