FAMILY SHOW: Father and son Graeme (left) and Robert Shearer to co-star in The Phantom of the Opera.
FAMILY SHOW: Father and son Graeme (left) and Robert Shearer to co-star in The Phantom of the Opera. Contributed

Ipswich father-son duo in Phantom cast

AFTER more than 25 years of packed performances on Broadway and London, The Phantom of the Opera is finally here, in Ipswich.

While the upcoming Ipswich Musical Theatre Company production will provide audiences with the opportunity to see a unique local take on the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, it will also provide a rare opportunity for father and son cast members Graeme and Robert Shearer.

Robert, 26, will play the lead role, alongside his father Graeme - a Bundamba GP during daylight hours - who will play the role of Passarino.

For Robert, an emerging stage performer who has travelled nationally while trying to forge a career in the industry, the role has given him the chance to spend some quality time with family.

This isn't the first time Robert has scored the role of the Phantom, having impressed when he performed it with the Redcliffe Musical Theatre group last year. "It is an interesting thing to come back to something I've done before, but with different eyes," he said.

Robert is a product of Ipswich, having performed with the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale before attending the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Australian National University. He will star alongside long-time friend Lauren Innes-Youren, who will play the female lead role of the Phantom's love interest, Christine.

The Ipswich production will be at the Ipswich Civic Centre from 7.30pm on September 12, 13, 19, 20, with a matinee performance at 1.30pm on September 14. For ticket information, phone 3810 6100 or visit ipswichciviccentre.com.au.



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