The Phantom of the Opera From a Tween's Point of View

By: J6 

Souvenir Program

Even before I understood what The Phantom of the Opera songs meant, I already liked them. It was the melody that drew me in and not the lyrics. I guess, great songs have that effect on people. 

When I first watched The Phantom of the Opera on DVD, I was amazed. I don't know how many times I've seen it. I secretly hoped that I would be able to watch it live someday. My parents' stories about how different the experience is to watch it live on stage heightened my yearning. I finally got the chance to watch it two days ago. It was a birthday gift from my Tatay (Father) and Nanay (Mother).

The play was scheduled to start the exactly eight in the evening. I asked my mother if we could go to the Cultural Center of the Philippines a couple of hours early because I want to view The Phantom of the Opera's photo exhibit on the second floor. It is also better to go there early because of parking lot issues. 

At the CCP lobby, various merchandise of the famous play were being sold. My mother raised an eyebrow because of the prices but still bought shirts (PhP 1000/each) and souvenir programs (PhP 500/each). They were also selling other souvenirs such as key chains, bracelets, and of course, a replica of The Phantom's mask. We also saw binoculars being sold for PhP 75.

The show started on time. The minute the prologue started, I was mesmerized. The part when the chandelier was rising and that powerful music was playing was epic. The effects, the songs, the performance of the cast were all fantastic! So much better than I expected!

My favorite part was Act Two/Scene One, Masquerade. My Mother's favorite was Scene 10 of Act One where Christine DaaĆ© and Raoul sang All I Ask of You. She cried a lot. Sometimes, she can really be a drama queen.

The Cast and the Conductor the night we watched

I am very grateful that I was able to watch The Phantom of the Opera. The songs transcends through time. I can proudly tell my kids and grandkids someday that I was able to watch it. It will be a very long time before I do have kids, so calm down Nanay.

Yes, I like One Direction, U2, The Killers, and even Psy but, from time to time I like to listen to real music. I think, that's what The Phantom of the Opera songs are. I'd love to watch it again, and again, and again.

The Phantom of the Opera Manila 2012
Play ends on October 14, 2012. 
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Phot Credits: {chandelier}, {masquerade}


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