This week we begin our study of Phantom of the Opera, one of Broadway’s most famous musicals. Some of you are already familiar with the play and are fans of the music. Most of you have heard of the story, but you don’t yet know the details. You’re in for a treat!
Every year, students say this is a fun unit, and that’s true. We do have fun! But we also learn a lot. Our study of the plot gives us a better understanding of the terms rising action, internal and external conflict, character motivation, climax, resolution, and theme. We’ll discuss the influence of setting on mood and plot, and we’ll explore the nuances of diction and tone. We’ll debate some difficult questions, and if past years are any indication, a few of us will even be moved to tears.
What musicals have entertained and inspired you? Are there some Broadway songs that you and your family know by heart and can sing without prompting? Share your favorites in the comments!