ONLY AUTHOR'S NOTE IN THE WHOLE THING!
I've been attempting many Phantom of the Opera fics for a while, and finally I've decided this one is pretty good. I am already up to chapter 9 :) This is a musical. When you see this, it means that a person is singing. If it is normal, they are just speaking. The actual play starts on chapter 3. Note, I have skipped scene 7 (backstage). This is because it is extremely short. It does not affect the meaning of the play in any way. I hope you enjoy this. It is quite obvious who the couples are...
PS: Please review, because reviews make me post chapters quicker... ;D
Chapter One: Prolouge
Ginny sighed as she listened to her friend, Hermione, go on and on about some opera.
"Okay, wait, what's an opera again?"
Hermione sighed audiablly and moaned. "I've told you THREE TIMES already! It's like a musical, except the voices are fuller. You'd be perfect for the part of Christine Daae, you have the perfect voice.
Ginny looked unbeliving. "Me? Perfect voice? I think not, Herms. Maybe stage hand or set design or something..."
Hermione scoffed. "You're kidding, right? You have a great voice. Now, tryouts are tommorow... I really think you should try it, Gin. I'm serious." She began to walk away before calling behind her back, "Plus it looks great on your resume!"
Ginny rolled her eyes and continued doing the rest of her homework.
"Tell me again why I'm here?" Ginny questioned as they stepped into the Great Hall the next day.
"Because you finally came to your senses and realized you had a great voice?" Hermione replied, grinning cheekily. "Oh, and I dragged you out of bed and told you that there would be free candy if you came."
Ginny crossed her arms. "I don't see the free candy..."
"That comes after you get the part," Hermione smiled again, then took their seats next to Ron and Harry.
"You're trying out?" Ginny asked Ron. "Since when do you do opare?"
"Opera," Hermione corrected.
Ron shrugged. "I dunno, suddenly interested." When Hermione turned her back, he whispered, "She forced me!"
"I heard that, Mr. Weasley!" she hissed, then laughed. "I have so much control of you guys!"
Harry rolled his eyes. "I volunteered, mind you. You have absolutly no control over me."
Hermione opened her mouth, but Ron interjected. "She forced you too, mate, don't try to act all big and bad because Ginny is here."
Harry blushed and said nothing, causing Ginny to blush as well.
"Thank you all for coming!" a loud voice spoke from the head table, where Dumbledore usually sat. Instead, it was a rather large woman who had much too much makeup on and was wearing a bright colored dress with fur in all the wrong places. "I am Madame Douzioux. Write this down - D O U Z I O U X. Doo-zough. I will be directing this year's performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's opera, The Phantom of the Opera. Since many of you are not muggles and aren't open to such wonderful culture, I'll explain a little bit about the background of the Phantom of the Opera."
She clapped her hands and the lights dimmed as a large projection appeared on the wall behind her. She read outloud from the words on the screen.
"In 1861, construction began on a large square, the Place de l'Opera, under the direction of architect Charles Garnier. The centerpiece of the square was the Paris Opera House, which was concieved on a giant scale. Garnier beat out 170 other contestants held to design the new Parisian destination. The Opera would later inspire the creation of the novel, Le Fantome de l'Opera (The phantom of the opera.)" She clapped her hands and the screen changed to more words. "Then in 1875, the Parisian Opera finally opens after numerous setbacks including the Franco-Prussian War, the fall of the Empire and the Paris Commune. During the conflict, the building was used as an arsenal and food store. Set in the center of the auditorium is an ornate crystal chendelier, which features prominently in the Phantom of the Opera. You'll understand why once you recieve your booklets." The screen changed again. "1911- Journalist turned novelist M. Gaston Leroux publishes Le Fantome de l'Opera (The phantom of the opera.) He claimed to be inspired after visiting the Place de l'Opera and roaming the lower depths, labyrinths, and subterranean lake." Another clap. "Finally in 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber adapts the Phantom of the Opera into a stage musical. Among the most successful adaptations, his opera has played in over 100 cities in 17 countries around the world, won 7 Tony Awards...and other awards I will not bore you with. We will be doing the musical representation, which means if you cannot sing, leave now!" When no one got up, she smiled.
"Good, you all know your place. Well, enough. I'll hand out the booklets and I will give you an hour to practice the songs. When I come back in here, we will begin auditions!"
Ginny flipped through her booklet, reading the synopsis: His voice calls to her, nurturing her extraordinary talents from the shadows of the opera house where innocent chorus girl Christine Daae makes her home. Only ballet mistress Madame Giry (miranda richardson) knows that Christine's mysterious "Angel of Music" is actually the phantom a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs of the theatre, terrifying the ensemble of artists who live and work there.
When tempermental diva La Carlotta walks out in the middle of a dress rehersal for the company's latest production, the theatre's eager new managers have no choice but to thrust Christine into the spotlight.
Her mesmerizing opening night performance captivates both the audience and the Phantom, who devotes himself to casting his protege as the opera's next star. But he is not the only powerful man to be awed by the young soprano, as Christine soon finds herself courted by the theatre's wealthy patron, the Vicompte Raoul de Chagny.
Though she is enthralled by her charismatic mentor, Christine is undeniably drawn to the dashing Raoul, enraging the Phantom and setting the stage for a dramatic crescendo in which soaring passions, fierce jealousies, and obsessive love threatens to drive the fated lovers past the point of no return.
"This sounds wicked," Ginny said, clapping. Harry smiled and read the lyrics to the song he would like to try.
An hour later
"What song are you going to sing, Hermione?"
"Oh, Wishing you were somehow here again. Yourself?"
"I'm going to sing Think of me. What about you, Harry?"
Harry grinned. "The music of the night. Ron?"
Ron shrugged. "The Mirror sounds interesting enough."
Soon, Madame Douzioux came into the room. "Well, well. I hope you are all prepared!" She clapped and the long table that was once where Dumbledore and the other teachers sat became a small stage. Madame sat in a small seat in front. "Who will be going first?"
Hermione raised her hand, and went up. She sung her song beautifully, not missing a beat. Then Draco decided to go, singing Phantom of the Opera. Then Ginny, Harry, Ron, Pansy, and a few other students who wanted to give it a try.
At the end, Madame Douzioux smiled. "You were all simply wonderful." With a flick of her wand, a small piece of paper appeared on the stage. "That's the cast list. If you were chosen, be here tommorow night at 6 o'clock sharp. Anyone late will be kicked out." With that, she left the room. No one dared move until they knew she was at least a floor away, then they all raced to the stage.
Christine ... Ginerva Weasley
The Phantom ... Draco Malfoy
Raoul ... Harry Potter
Madame Giry ... Lavendar Brown
Carlotta ... Cho Chang
Firmin ... Blaise Zambini
Andre ... Ronald Weasley
Piangini ... Seamus Finnigan
Meg ... Hermione Granger
Reyer ... Dennis Creevey
Buquet ... Colin Creevey
The list went on, but Ginny stopped reading. She read the first line again, completely astonished. She let out a long squeal and jumped into Harry's arms, then out again (since she was utterly embarrased.)
"WE...I...Oh WOW!" she screamed before running out of the great hall to owl her parents.