Shaun Rennie is currently one Australia’s busiest directors. Earlier this year, we glimpsed his processas he began work on a musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dreamfor Bell Shakespeare titled The Lovers. We also followed him in his preparations for the remount of Opera Australia’s La Bohèmeat the Sydney Opera House in January. Drawing on Rennie’s verbatim accounts and diary notes, Jansson J. Antmann now provides an insight into his role as Assistant Director on The Phantom of the Opera– this year’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Shaun Rennie


Simon Phillips, Simone Sault and I had our first in-person meeting last night. Simone was a “Degas” ballet girl in the original Australian production of The Phantom of the Operaand is now choreographing our production. With little more than a month to go until we open, there was a lot to discuss and I ended up coming home as the sun rose this morning.

Simone presented some choreographic ideas and we discussed the challenges of...