Last week I mentioned going to see a local high-school performance of `Phantom of the Opera.' I was a bit too worn down to write about the experience that evening (so worn down that I now have a cold that makes me sound like Daffy Duck) but I thought now would be a good time to talk a little about the experience.
First of all, I went with a great group of friend and family. There's something about company to a theater that magnifies the experience. When a particularly funny or dramatic moment happens on stage you can glance over at the people you're with to catch their expression.
Second, seeing things live allows you to experience the story in a way you just can't when listening to a CD. I never got the full impact of the song `Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again' until last Saturday. It is a truly awesome, showstopping song -and I never knew. In fact, it's one of the songs I've always had a tendency to press skip-track for.
Third -is it just me, or are highschool students getting younger? I admit, it's hard to properly appreciate the tragedy and horror of the story when you keep thinking, "aww, those kids are so cute up there on stage."
There's something about a live performance that connects the audience with the story in a way that no other art form does. Plays have been around in one form or another since the time of the Ancient Greeks, and no matter how technologically advanced society becomes, I doubt that's going to change. People like hanging out with people sharing the experience, showing their appreciation directly, clapping until their hands are tired to make the kids on stage take just one more bow.
What can I say? I love theater.