As I enter the auditorium of the historic Orpheum Theatre, I am immediately struck by the grandeur of it all. Crystal chandelier, red carpet, ornately gilded golden accents, and (of course) the velvet seats. I am brought back to my first experience here - seeing Phantom of the Opera in 2009. As a young girl who had yet to discover her passion for theater, the ballgowns, live orchestra, and drama had me experiencing the first bits of 'theater magic' - was I actually transported to 19th century France?
Tuesday night was reminiscent of that May night three years ago, and was no exception to the 'theater magic'. Packed to the brim with excited Disney-loving parents, grandparents, and wide-eyed children (some of whom were dressed in appropriate Belle-esque gowns), as the lights went down for the first time and the beautifully painted set lit up, the special spell was cast over the spectators.