Stagedoor Saturday (Submitted by twogoodtobetrue):
My Phantastic Stagedooring experience! Dreams do come true :D
I found out the news about the Phantom of the Opera on April 3. Since then, I’ve been searching for details like who’ll be the cast (wishing it was Ramin and Sierra), etc. That’s when I discovered this very helpful and informative blog, the Stage Door Canteen!
I watched it on August 28, their third showing day. I’m saving my money and it only reached 2k and my goal was the seats for 3.5k. Then this discount for students came and I didn’t decide anymore, because my friends are going to watch too but they don’t have money yet. I went to the CCP to buy my ticket on Saturday, their first showing day.
I came home sad because, on local productions, the cast usually comes out at the lobby; but here, they didn’t.
Then I saw the SDC’s post on how to stage-door on CCP. I was looking for an opportunity, since I stay at the a dormitory on UST and the curfew time was 11pm; and the show will end at 10:30 which means they wouldn’t let me in. After some time, my classmate, Kit (whom I was inviting to watch with me) will watch it on October 10. And during that day, we’re having a sleep over on my other classmate’s house to finish our group project. My other classmate, Marchie, allowed me to go since it was planned first that I will go to CCP with Kit because I need a someone to accompany me because the streets at 11pm is so dangerous.
And so it happened. I’m the first person on the line. I get to see the Jonathan Roxmouth, Claire Lyon, and Anthony Downing, with photographs with them and signs to my Playbill!
(me wearing the blue top with brown cardigan was taken on Oct 10. I worn the same clothes that i worn on august 24 so my parents wouldn’t know. but i told them afterwards because I was so happy)
I feel so discontented. Parang nakakabitin yung pagpunta ko. I was searching for Carlotta & Meg Giry. They didn’t stop for the autograph signing. Thew went straight to their bus.
Another opportunity came. I convinced my classmate, Arielle, to come with me on Friday, October 12, because it is the last day of our sem and we’re not busy anymore. But we’re having the same problem as before: It was dangerous at night. So we postponed it to Saturday and then, due to another complication, we rescheduled it on Sunday, Oct 14: their last showing day.
Arielle and I arrived at the CCP at 12 noon. The guards said that Jonathan was already inside. Luckily he came out! Then Claire and Anthony arrived too. so we get to take a picture with them and sign my poster (because I forgot it last time.)
I was supposed to give them my artwork but I fell asleep during the night before it. As a result, I only finished Anthony’s. Our plan was to stagedoor at noon and go home right after, but since we don’t have to do anything during that day, Arielle agreed that I should finish my art and then wait til 5pm after the matinee. We stayed at the bay and rushed back to CCP because writing my cheesy love letter at the back of the sketch took much time.
When we reached CCP, we saw Emilie Lynn. I never watched her perform but I believe she’s as great as Claire. She was so nice and humble too just like the 3 main cast. She said she was there just to hang out. Then Cat Lane came out too to have her break. We’re too busy asking her signature that we Jordan Pollard and Dondi Ong was gone and we we’re stuck in the middle of the crowd. (see the last photo above. the last column was me with Cat Lane and Emilie Lynn)
When Anthony and Claire came out again, I gave them my art.
We were thinking that Jonathan won’t come out, and we should go. But Thabiso Masemene went out just to sign for few people then went inside again. I was one of the lucky people who had his sign. We’re actually not in the line sice we came from the bay and the line was too long. So I just cut in. Then I asked him to give to Jonathan his portrait.
The portraits I gave them:
Jonathan showed up at the balcony above with his prosthetics. He said he didn’t come out after the matinee because he can’t remove the prostethics until the last show.
The whole day was so Sulit! I’m so happy that I screamed Jonathan’s name at the top of my lungs with a very high pitch tone. Then he showed up again and he waved at me (yeah. just me :D *kilig*)
As of now, Oct 16. 12:30 pm. I have these on my twitter :D
Super Thank You SDC! without you, this experience wouldn’t happen! The rest of the photos are here :D I hope you experiece something like this too. sorry for the very long post :D ~@mickytorres16
That’s so awesome, Micky!! We’re soooo happy for you and we’re so glad our little blog has helped you with your stagedooring! Thanks for the submission! ~SDC
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