Filled with intrigue, love, horror and music, the Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera” captured seven Tony Awards in 1988 and surpassed "Cats" to take the honour of longest running Broadway musical. The show, which revolves around a bitter yet tragic masked man and the young singing ingénue he loves, can serve as excellent inspiration for your next theme party. Serve your guests a little Phantom-inspired atmosphere to hit a high note with your party.
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Make a Masked Entrance
The iconic symbol of the “Phantom of the Opera” musical is the white half-face covering mask sported by the Phantom to cover his disfigurement. Construct a much larger than scale version of the mask to serve as the entranceway to your party for a semi-chilling atmosphere right from the beginning. The mask, which includes a cutout for one eye and a full nose, may be created from large sheets of foam core board or even poster board glued together to fit the size of the door. Guests may walk directly through the eye hole in the mask or duck down to fit through the place where the mask allows for the Phantom’s mouth to show through.
The pinnacle moment in “The Phantom of the Opera” is when the Phantom, consumed with anger and jealousy, causes a chandelier to come crashing down and sets the opera house on fire. The chandelier has become an instantly recognisable image of the show and can transport guests into your party’s theme if you position one in the entranceway to your home. Purchase an inexpensive chandelier from an antique shop, yard sale or mass merchandiser. Hang the chandelier on a precarious-looking angle to give guests at the party a moment to consider what could happen in a single second. For extra scare, paint the bottom edges of the chandelier dangles with red paint or fake blood.
Mobile Music of the Night
One of the main songs enjoyed by patrons of the “Phantom of the Opera” is “The Music of the Night.” Whether your party is held during the day or evening, you can still incorporate that music into your event by creating music note mobiles, which will dangle and sway above guests’ heads as they socialise. Mobiles are simple, quick crafts you can do in between counting RSVPs and planning your Phantom “Phoods” for party munchies. Cut music notes out of coloured construction paper and punch a hole in the top staff of each one. String a piece of yarn through each and attach to a clothes hanger. Hook the hangers off exposed beams in your ceiling or attach to the doorframes around the house. With just a little breeze as people walk by, guests can enjoy the mobile music of the night (or day).
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