The Phantom returns to Vernon

The Welsh Phantom of the Opera Peter Karrie returns to Vernon to give two concerts with local opera singer Melina Moore, March 9 and 11.

Well known in London, Toronto and Vancouver for his performances as The Phantom, Welsh-born tenor Peter Karrie will be singing a mixture of musical theatre, swing, jazz and light opera for two performances in Vernon this coming week.

Entitled A Phantom Returns, Karrie will first perform at the Powerhouse Theatre Friday, March 9, followed by a more intimate performance at Vernon’s Headbones Gallery March 11.

Karrie, who visited Vernon last year, will reunite with Vernon soprano Melina Moore for both performances, and the two will also welcome singers from Moore’s Valley Vocal Arts Studio to join them.

“It’s my pleasure to perform with Peter again,” said Moore. “We had a hoot onstage together last September, and my Valley Vocal Arts students thoroughly enjoyed being part of his show. It is so refreshing to work with such a worldy, spontaneous and professional performer –– that’s when true magic occurs on stage.”

Lately, Karrie has been performing a different role than that of The Phantom. He has taken on the role of an ambassador for youth in theatre, a cause which he feels very passionate about.

“They are our stars of tomorrow, but to be successful they need to be performing today,” he said.

His tour of B.C. communities includes young local artists joining him on stage to perform many theatrical hits from the Lion King, Les Miserables, Man of La Mancha, Miss Saigon, and not forgetting, of course, a whole lot of music from Karrie’s favourite musical Phantom of the Opera.

Karrie takes the stage at the Powerhouse Theatre Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26/adult, $20/senior, and $15/youth 12 and under at the Ticket Seller, 549-7469,

Karrie and Moore perform at Headbones Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, available at the Bean Scene. The gallery is located at 6700 Old Kamloops Rd. Call 542-8987 for info.