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KEDM Director's Gala: Phantom of the Opera


Thanks to everyone who made this year's Gala a success!

Please shop, buy from, or say a nice word to our generous sponsors Fiesta Nutrition CenterBayouLife MagazineKelsey KleanSir SpeedyChicken Salad ChickFieldhouse Bar and GrillMarsala Beverage, and Friends of KEDM.

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Get your tickets now for the KEDM Director’s Gala!

The suspense begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 in the mysterious backstage of the ULM Black Box Theatre. Guests enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts from some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers, as well as beer and wine from local vendors. The party also features live music and a special appearance by the cast! 

This party will get you ready for the romantic and thrilling Phantom of the Opera. The KEDM Director’s Gala is Saturday, March 23 at 5 p.m. at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Guests enjoy VIP Seating as well as early admission to Brown Auditorium for Saturday’s performance of the Tony Award-winning musical Phantom of the Opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

This musical, filled with drama and romance, sweeps you away to the opulent Paris Opera House in the early 1900’s. Young soprano Christine Daaé makes her debut and catches the eye of all -- including the Phantom. Believed to be a ghost who haunts the opera house, he’s actually a disfigured musical genius who wreaks havoc as he seeks to take Christine as his bride.

Directed at ULM by Mark R. Clark and conducted by Deborah Chandler, The Phantom of the Opera is filled with mystery and romance. The captivating score features songs like “Angel of Music,” “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask of You,” and more.

“This Gala is a wonderful chance to support the arts,” said Michelle Miller, KEDM membership manager. “Guests really get to know each other, the cast, and the theatre community.”

“We truly love partnering with VAPA for this event,” said General Manager Jay Curtis. “It’s a way to celebrate our outstanding local talent while supporting both the arts and public radio.”

Proceeds from the Director’s Gala benefit KEDM and the ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts. Patrons make new friends, support the mission of local public radio, and meet KEDM staff and listener-members all while enjoying local theater.

The KEDM Director’s Gala is sponsored by Fiesta Nutrition Center, BayouLife Magazine, Kelsey KleanSir Speedy, Chicken Salad Chick, Fieldhouse Bar and Grill, Marsala Beverage, and Friends of KEDM.

Director’s Gala guests enjoy VIP status to The Phantom of the Opera on Saturday, March 23. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online or by calling 318-342-1414. Get your tickets now for a terrific evening of food, music, and live theatre! Call KEDM at 318-342-5556.

Jay calls himself a "media producer" in a world of diversification. Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Production from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and worked in video, feature film and television production for over 10 years before joining KEDM full time.