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The Phantom of the Opera and The Voice of Mental Illness

How many of you have perceived the Phantom differently over your lifespan? My last musical in 1997, I wept for the Phantom…what are your thoughts?

Rose with Thorns

Last night, my sister Christine and I went to see The Phantom of the Opera at a local professional theater.  Everything about the performance left me awestruck.  Colorful costumes, elegant dances, powerful voices, elaborate scenery, fire special effects, haunting music – it was one of the best plays I have ever seen.

However, the story leaves me feeling conflicted and frightened.  Usually, I stick up for the downcast, if unkind, characters.  Snape and Draco from Harry Potter, Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, the monster from Frankenstein, and other such characters fill me with pity.  Instead of shying away from them, I long for someone in their story to reach out and show them kindness.

Thus, one would assume that I love the Phantom.  After all, he has led a life filled with discrimination, hate, and deep hurt.  How would he know to treat others with kindness and…

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A little bit about moi: I am a mom, a nana, a sister, a woman, a friend, a human being…a youth counsellor, Family Life Educator. I have been working in the helping profession for over 25 years and volunteered in various capacities from youths to seniors. Tournesol is my nom de plume for haiku and other Japanese form poetry here at Tournesoldansunjardin I hope you enjoy reading through my daily waka. I also have another blog "Stop the Stigma" where I may stand on my soapbox now and then and hope it will become a place to drop in and share or comment on issues important to you. In that vein this could be a great way to learn from each other. Namaste!

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