2008 – Phantom of the Opera
In 2008, I basically came up short on a good idea. Halloween week arrived and I was panicked. After going through a box of props and costumes for the ump-teenth time, I came across the traditional half-mask of the Phantom of the Opera. In a last-minute desperation move, this simple scene from Phantom of the Opera arose – more out of necessity than from a properly planned concept.
The scene was almost completely still, void of any character motions. Decked out with output from two fog machines and dozens of battery-powered candles, I re-created the Phantom’s lair as depicted from the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical.
The result was the “lair” scene from the musical complete with:
- The Phantom, himself at the organ
- Christine, mesmerized in a bed in the corner
- Both Music of the Night and Phantom of the Opera emanated from a speaker inside the organ
I also created a working, “crashing chandelier” that fell behind the trick-or-treaters as they walked by after receiving their candy. The chandelier was hand-operated by a rigging of wire that I operated from inside the house.
Not bad for two days worth of effort.
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