Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera + a Local Giveaway!

I've had a soft spot in my heart for the Orpheum Theatre since I was really little. When I was four, my dad took my sister and me, while his Organ club were working at the Orpheum, and we got to explore everything and take advantage of a special stage view that not many get to see. When I was in high school, for two years, my choir got to sing with the Omaha Symphony and Opera Omaha, along with several other local schools, at the Orpheum. I now get the opportunity to see Opera Omaha perform with my aunt, as we've discovered the joy of season tickets.

Sitting Balcony Right
Me (age 4) and Kiri (Age 5)
I've recently joined the Omaha Bloggers Network, and for my first assignment, I get to cover The Phantom of the Opera: Halloween Organ and Film featuring organist Clark Wilson.

Back in about 1991 or 1992, when they did their first showing, my dad was part of the team the sponsored it. For Halloween that year, he even asked my mom to make him a cape so he could be the Phantom.

The Phaaaaaaantom of the Opera is Here...Inside Your Mind....
Whoops. Wrong version! ;-)
I remember going with my sister, mom, and grandma, as dad was busy doing a lot of work for the event. I don't think we actually stayed through the whole thing, though (my sister and I were pretty young, and had the attention span of gnats).

I'm really excited to get to see the show again. The movie, which is a silent film, will be accompanied on the Orpheum's Wurlitzer by Clark Wilson.

Clark Wilson
Wilson is one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America. He works exclusively with the organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as
they were performed in major picture palaces during the heyday of the silent film.

The musical style of the time remains intact; no attempt is made to distract from the picture by using themes or styles that entered the musical scene years later. Most important of all, the film remains the focus and star of the performance.

The Wurlitzer on stage at
The Orpheum
Channeling the 1920s experience, this special production of the classic horror film, The
Phantom of the Opera, makes for the perfect Halloween festivity. Complimented by the Mighty
Wurlitzer organ, the silent movie stars Lon Chaney as the deformed Phantom haunting the Paris
Opera House.

Intrigued? Well, I've got a great opportunity for you to see it.

Lon Chaney as the Phantom

If you're in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area and want to experience this classic film in a beautiful old theater, you now have an opportunity to win two tickets. Click the link below.

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Good luck!

The Phantom of the Opera: Halloween Organ and Film featuring organist Clark Wilson
will be at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St., on October 22 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are 
available at, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland 


  1. I'm honestly not a huge fan of horror films, but I guess I would have to pick the paranormal activity movies. They are pretty decent as scary movies go. :)

    1. I haven't seen those, but my friend, Kaity, who LOVES horror movies, said the first couple were really good. :-)

  2. I WANT TO GO TO THIS! Annnnd, I don't usually love horror, really, but The Original Phantom in the Orpheum, C'mon!

    1. True. Lon Chaney is scarier than any other Phantom. :-) Good luck!

  3. Does The Nightmare Before Christmas count? ;)

    1. Absolutely! It's one of those movies that you can watch either at Halloween or Christmas. :-)