On Friday the much anticipated “The Phantom of The Ghost Opera” was staged at the Bulawayo Music Academy. The musical drama was effectively marketed around the Bulawayo circles had an impressive audience attendance for a first time act.
However the proceedings of the night left many in confusion after the act was cut short 30 minutes into its start. It is claimed that the director was not impressed by the cast’s performance that she decided to call off the show in middle of the performance.
Director Khaliphile Sibanda went on to hijack the stage and perform the theme song, which had been initially butchered by the cast, in the process further exposing the noviceship of the entire crew who were all performing opera for the first time.
It was no secret that the cast was ill prepared for the performance and a lot of errors were committed in the execution of the script. The show ended up being more of a comic act than anything else. The entire audience was left dazed on what had transpired and had to sit for a few more minutes before they were convinced that the show was REALLY over.
What can be said is that, for starters it was a commendable effort considering the good turn out that “The Phantom of The Ghost Opera” managed to pull. People attending the show reflected an embracement for a new type of art that is not familiar to Bulawayo and let alone a black audience.
Khaliphile Sibanda is 23 years old and still has a long way to go. We are glad she is “still learning” like other older compatriots in the arts industry