Sophie just sneaks into the Phantom lead role

January 29, 2018

Sophie Miller will play Christine Daaè in EMTC's production of The Phantom of the Opera. Photo by Tamara Cadd

SOPHIE Miller has landed her dream role in Echuca-Moama Theatre Company’s production of The Phantom of the Opera.

The tiny 19-year-old will play Christine Daae, the female protagonist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic musical, which will take to the stage in four months’ time.

And it was only through sheer luck that she got to audition.

‘‘When I went to book my audition, it was late so there were no spaces left,’’ she said.

‘‘Then someone cancelled, so I got their spot.’’

The Echuca teen was up against some amazing talent from not only around Echuca-Moama but the Goulburn Valley.

‘‘I think I just cried,’’ she said about landing the role.

‘‘Phantom is my number one musical and to play Christine is my lifelong dream.’’

The former Moama Anglican Grammar student is no stranger to the stage — performing in EMTC junior shows in 2007, 2011-12 and 2014 and with Mel-O-Dramas from 2008-10.

And although Sophie has played the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, Wendy in Peter Pan and Louisa in The Sound of Music, Christine Daae is her biggest role by far.

‘‘I’m just so excited to be her,’’ she said.

‘‘I just can’t wait for the first show when I can fully be Christine and be in that mindset. Then it will be real.’’

And when it comes to her angelic voice, Sophie said she was self-taught.

‘‘I’ve never had singing lessons, although I’ve just started now,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve always been singing though, for as long as I can remember.

‘‘When I was four years old, I sang in front of my church (Echuca Community Church) and I was so small, I had to be put on a box.

‘‘That’s where it all started.’’

Because her last musical theatre production was more than three years ago, Sophie said she was initially nervous and unsure of her abilities.

‘‘Mum was the one who convinced me to go for it, so thank God for Mum,’ she said.

‘‘I’m just looking forward to working with everyone and creating a show that will blow the audience away.’’

■The Phantom of the Opera will take to the stage at the Paramount from May 25 to June 9.

Tickets are available at the Paramount.

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