Synopsis: Lila Sanglen (the opera house) is situated on the bank of a river in the heart of Imphal. A remour has spread about a wandering ghost in the opera house. The owners of the opera- Sanakhya and Angangyaima try to downplay the remours. Opera’s soprano prima donna Memcha refuses to continue and storms offstage. Imashi, opera’s ballet mistress, tells Sanakhya that Thabaton, a Cachari chorus girl and orphaned daughter of a prominent Nat-Sankritan Guru, has been well taught, and she can sing Memcha’s role.
    Mami, the phantom of the opera, is a real person who lives in a secret house near the opera. He is a deformed, musical genius. He visits the opera house every night and one day he meets Thabaton, Cachari chorus girl.  Thabaton can hear his voice and takes him as an invisible musical teacher. She learns musical lessons from her strange master.
    Manja, the old childhood playmate of Thaba and a son of the opera owner, comes there and spends times together. They fall in love each other. Mami, the phantom, is jealous of their love relation and also falls in love young songstress. Then there emerges a love triangle between them.

ABOUT THE PLAY/ DIRECTORS NOTE
     The musical play is an adaptation from the original Le Fantome de l’opera (the phantom of the opera) a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. During the twentieth century, the novel became very popular by the success of its various film and stage adaptations. The story is somewhat peculiar to our society. But there may be something in common for the performing artists all around the globe. In the real sense, there will be love-hate relationships between men and women if the human beings settle on the lunar surface or in the depth of the ocean or in icy arctic regions. There may be widespread character among all the performing artists and the people who are associated with them apart from their geographical and cultural variations.
    On the other hand, there was a theatre movement in Manipur from pre-World War II era. Even the movement was too slow though it was a stepping stone for present status of Manipuri performing arts. The famous story is adapted as a musical play in order to fine-tune the local viewers as well as the regional audiences. The rich culture, traditions of Manipuris can be spread to other parts of the country through the play.
    The play is set in the late 1940s. In the period there were a good number of Touring Companies and Dance Troupes in Manipur. The story is dramatized to adjust with the time mentioned here and entitled as “oriental version”.


CAST & CREDITS
Mami (the phantom of the opera)- H. Anil kumar (Tenao)
Thabaton (a female singer from Cachar)-S. Pinky
Manja (Childhood playmate & lover of Thabaton)- Y. Romeo
Thambalsang ( a female ballet singer and admirer of Thabaton)-Th. Ashapiyari
Imashi (lady caretaker of females of the house)-A. Luxmi rani
Memcha(Opera’s resident soprano prima donna)-Ch. Roji
Thoithoi (one of the owners of the opera house)-A. Surjitkumar
Angangyaima (one of the owners of the opera house)-A. Sadananda
Daroga ( investigator of crimes related to the house)-L. Milinjeet
       Oja Tomal ( drum beater)-G. Toni Sharma
 Child  Artistes -Boy: L. Carfew
                               Girl : Ph. Bidanti  Sharma
Choreograph : Lata Thounaojam
Music Director:  Haobam  Nisherswor
Orchestra : Rhythms of Manipur
                Sets & Props: Ph. Premananda Sharma
Light:  L. Ibochouba
Costume-Master Ibomcha (Resecaf)
Make-up: Ch. Kunjakeshwor
Credits: Rhythms of Manipur
Original Story : Geston Leroux
Adaptation, direction: Arun Yumkham
Consutant : N. Jadumani
Production Controller: R.K. Sanatomba