#Mr. Linganore2022: Pantom of the Opera, Mikeah Smith sings for the Mr. LHS crown

“Linganore High School is not a very diverse school. I think it would be very interesting to be our first trans Mr. Linganore winner,” said Mikeah Smith.


Graphic by Brayden Gregory

Mikeah Smith will be portraying The Phantom of the Opera in the Mr. Linganore 2022 contest.

On March 5, Mikeah-Anthony Smith will be competing for the Mr. Linganore crown alongside 5five other contestants. Smith is portraying The Phantom of the Opera, the main character of a musical based on the 1910 eponymous French novel by Gaston Leroux. He will be escorted by Junior Elaine Escamilla.

Smith is a theater fanatic and relates to The Phantom in the way of being dramatic. Smith has been in many drama productions. Smith had a role in Beauty and the Beast, It’s a Wonderful Life,  and Help Desk (virtual play). He also did  tech for Little Women and Radium Girls.

Contestant Mikeah-Anthony Smith and escort Elaine Escamilla pose together after completing the cake decoration competition (Caroline Hobson).

Smith is being sponsored in the competition by Glory Days Grill located in Frederick. Smith is planning to sing, “This Side of Paradise” by Coyote Theory.

“I’m just excited to do my talent because I’ve never really gotten a huge role in theater, especially not in the musical, so I’ve never really gotten to sing in front of people, and I think they’ll be a really fun experience,” said Smith.

Smith competed in four lunchtime competitions–cake decorating during first lunch, building gumdrop towers during second lunch, writing sweetheart letters during third lunch, and finger painting children’s book covers during fourth lunch.

The results of the cake decorating contest and the other lunchtime contests will be announced at the Mr. Linganore competition on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m.. Tickets will be available at the door.

Mikeah-Anthony Smith working on his sweetheart letter addressed to a family friend (Madeline Hull).

After high school, Smith plans to attend West Virgina University to major in Biology and Pre-Medical Science.

Smith wants to be a trauma surgeon. He does well under pressure and finds human anatomy interesting.

“I wanted to do Mr. Linganore this year, because I haven’t been super active in school activities aside from Student Government and Theater. I wanted to do something to support my school, got myself out there and have fun,” said Smith.

The contest starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium and doors open at 6:30.