On the set for “Phantom of the Opera,” Dale Becherer, scenic designer of the show, shows senior Amy Duncan how to wire the lamps for the infamous chandelier. Duncan is taking Advanced Projects in Theater over Winter Term, and her project is to set up the chandelier.

“This is all I do,” Duncan said, pointing at her masterpiece. “And somehow after two weeks, it’s still not done.”

When they originally approached the show, the design team was going to do it the way they do all their shows, with simplicity in mind. But they discovered that “Phantom” is too technical a show to stick to that motto.

Because the show is so complex, the Rogers and Hammerstein Organization has never before released the distribution rights to “Phantom.” The Organization wanted to see if smaller venues could....

This week, audiences at the Sundance Film Festival will experience some of the first contenders for honors in 2008.

One of those films, premiering today, is the foreign drama “Captain Abu Raed,” which has the distinction of being the first Jordanian feature film to reach world cinemas. It is a distinction for which Elon alum Laith Majali, the film’s editor and producer, can proudly take credit.

Majali graduated from Elon in 2005, where he said he “helped both Dr. [Tom] Arcaro and J. McMerty in achieving their visions” for Project Pericles, working on editing, motion graphics and color correction for documentaries on AIDS in Namibia.

Since graduation, he has been working extensively in the film industry. He helped research two television specials for the Travel Channel and work....

For “Lost,” it’s the beginning of the end, both literally and figuratively. The hit ABC drama returns Jan. 31 for its fourth season, “The Beginning of the End,” at 9 p.m.

Near the end of the third season last year, producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse announced that “Lost” would have 48 more episodes – three more seasons with 16 episodes each. This signals that the creators have a definite end in sight and can now pace their way to the conclusion of their story.


When we last left the island, there was cause for both celebration and worry. Jack and the rest of the castaways had successfully defended themselves against Ben Linus and the Others.

Further, Jack w....

It’s hard to change the format of a monster movie and J.J. Abrams makes no measure to do so. The audience is given an entirely new perspective on the destruction of one of the world’s biggest cities at the mercy of a giant beast.

Picture “The Blair Witch Project,” only better. Within the first 15 minutes of “Cloverfield,” the audience is introduced to the main characters and learns the main romantic subplots. There’s love, there’s friendship, there’s mayhem.

Shot in the first-person point of view, “Cloverfield” leaves the viewer at the mercy of an “amateur” cameraman. The story starts at the going-away party for Rob Hawkins, who is taking a job in Japan. The camera is passed around so his friends can say their goodbyes. Hud, Rob’s friend, becomes the official documentarian f....