Guest Post at Faith In Between

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Hello there blogger lovelies!

 I just wanted to let ya'll know that I had the wonderful opportunity to write a guest post for Faith In Between for their Wise Women Wednesday featured post this week. I'd love for you to go check out my post, and while you're at it make sure that you bookmark FIB because you're gonna want to read these wonderful ladies' blog especially if you are a twenty-something! 

Here's the link to the post:

Happy Wednesday To You! 

Quotes for Writer's

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." 
Joan Didion 

"Words are things. And the smallest drops of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions of people think." 
Lord George Gordon Byron

"Don't ask me about being a writer. If when you wake up in the morning, you can think of nothing but writing, then you're a writer." 
Rainer Maria Rilke

"The worst part is, writing is like Dementors. You can't give it the old one-two. Take a minute to step out of the ring, accept some chocolate from Lupin, and clear your head. Seriously, eat the chocolate. It isn't poisoned." 
My Writer Friend: Annie of annie's musings

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." 
E.L. Doctorow

"Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer."
John O'Hara

"Read a lot, finding out what kind of writing turns you on, in order to develop a criterion for your own writing. And then trust it--and yourself."
Rosemary Daniell

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
Robert Frost

"An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself." 
Charles Dickens

"We do not need more Christian writers. We need more good writers who are Christian."
C.S. Lewis

...on writing...
"You are unsure, as any good writer should be on the verge of stepping into storyland. When a writer is sure, spontaneity is squelched, dreaming abandoned, the life of the story exchanged for a shadow."
My Writer Friend: Rachelle of Inspiring Daring

The Phenomenal Phantom

It was in a word: Phenomenal

Jared and I arrived super early at the movie theatre this past Sunday after we went to Church (we got to hear Alex McFarland speak that morning.) So we just looked around for a bit before heading into the theatre, which was the nicest one I'd ever been into. I mean they served popcorn alongside wine for goodness sake!

After checking out all of the interesting movie posters for movie Classics like 'The Thing' plastering the concrete walls within the theatre we decided that even though we were still really early for the show that we'd go ahead and stake out our claim on some seats. Oh, and those were some awesome plushy seats I must say! They reclined back and had excellent lumbar support. ;) 

There were only a handful of people there surprisingly. I think Jared and I were like 2 out of 10 people that were there. The ones who weren't there obviously didn't know what they were missing out on because the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera was THE BEST thing I've ever seen! Hands down.

Sierra and Karimloo

Ramin (The Phantom) and Sierra (Christine) were both just so wonderful and I am anxiously awaiting the release of the DVD version of the 25th anniversary production sometime next year. I cannot wait to watch the passion unfold once more. The Phantom of the Opera is the most beautiful high romance story/musical ever! Honestly, the word EPIC doesn't even cover it!

Everything about the production was phantastic! The actors. The voices. The orchestra. The makeup and wardrobe. The story. The staged scenery. The lighting. Albert Hall. The wonderfully haunting music. They showed a short documentary on the history of The Phantom of The Opera and the making of the musical  before the live performance even started. While I knew most everything about the history and all of the little factoids that they were telling us about The Phantom (since I am a total Phantard and all) I still loved every minute of it! Jared was literally entranced during the documentary which totally made my heart melt. (Don't tell him I said that, okay!?) The after show was super amazing too.

I could just go on and on about this all day long! Sigh.

L-R: Sarah Brightman (the original Christine), Michael Crawford (the original Phantom), Sierra Boggess (Christine Daae) and Ramin Karimloo (the current Phantom)

I don't want to spoil the after show for you if you are going to watch this production when it comes out on DVD, but if you really wanna know what happened Google it or send me an e-mail, okay? I nearly cried.

So let me show you what some of the actors from the performance looked like, okay?

Here's The Love Triangle Below:


'The Phantom (Erik)' played by Ramin Karimloo

I must admit something. I kind of have a mini crush on Ramin Karimloo now. 
Yes, I sure do. Just look at him! ^^

L-R: Marius (Nick Jonas) and Enjolras (Ramin Karimloo)

He has also played the role of 'The Phantom (Erik)' in Love Never Dies as well as the role of 'Enjolras' in the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables.

Christine Daae

'Christine' played by Sierra Boggess

The Phantom (Ramin Karimloo) and Christine (Sierra Boggess)

Sierra as 'Ariel'
This girl has some seriously finely tuned Soprano pipes and she is just b e a u t i f u l!
She has played the roles of Christine Daae/Christine De Changy in POTO and Love Never Dies as well as the role of 'Ariel' in the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid.

Raoul De Changy

'Raoul' played by Hadley Fraser

Christine (Sierra Boggess) and Raoul (Hadley Fraser)

'Grantaire' played by Hadley Fraser

He has also played the roles of Grantaire and Javert in Les Miserables.

Speaking of Les Miz. Jared and I went to Barnes & Noble after we saw The Phantom live and I ended up buying the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Live Concert DVD. Yes, we watched two great musicals in one day! It was Phabulous! Jared actually loved both of the musicals, surprisingly. I am so thankful for my guy! He took me on the best date ever! He was even so sweet as to let me nerdily ramble on about all of the musicals I love so dearly for the whole day! =)

Now, how about you. Did you go see musical history in the making as well?