Words by Gemma Casimsiman
As someone who’s obsessed with musicals (*cough* High School Musical era *cough*), one of the toughest challenges I have encountered is finding a person who has the same interest. You’d think I’d have friends who are invested in watching musicals like Chicago during their free time but apparently not.
Apart from me finding my people through this article, I bet there are some things only those obsessed with musicals (like I am) can relate to. Hopefully, I won’t be the only one screaming “ME!”
10. When your favorite musical is being played on the radio
Aside from the usual Pop and EDM, we all scream and shake from excitement when we hear Mamma Mia or even Defying Gravity suddenly play on the radio… and from there, our geeky-ness comes out.
9. A musical turned to live-action
There’s a rumor circulating about a new Mulan live-action, right? Let’s not deny the fact that we were screaming our heads off once it was confirmed. They’ve got some high standards to meet.
8. Hearing your country is part of the international tour
We’ve all said our prayers when we hear our favorite Broadway Musical is doing a world tour. We beg that the name “Philippines” is on the list of countries they’ll be visiting. And, once we hear the good news, we come running to the booking website before they run out of tickets.
7. Sobbing in your room after hearing the ticket prices
This isn’t a rare occurrence. Let’s face the music and admit ticket prices ain’t cheap. The cheapest one probably won’t even cover a month’s worth of allowance. We sometimes even have to get down on our knees and beg our parents for the money.
6. Getting your judgy-eyes ready when your school stages a musical
Whether its Grease or a musical of their own creation, as a fan, there are still categories they need to pass in order to be considered adequate in our eyes. Everything is important–music to casting–because one little mistake can ruin their reputation in the community. Nobody wants that, right?
5. Joining any musical-related clubs to find your people
It’s not easy to find a group of people with the same interest as you. You’ve looked high and low, far and wide only to end up in a club/org relating to the theater. Before you know it, you’ll be up on that stage, singing to your heart’s content. If not, at least you found a community that shares the same interests as you do.
4. Admiring those who study theater arts
Not all of us have the guts to go on stage and be part of a cast. So, instead, we admire them from afar. And, it’s not like it’s a sad and lonely thing to do. It’s quite overwhelming to know that these people might be in the big leagues one day and you’re one of the firsts who get to see their early work. Plus, what’re actors and actresses without their beloved fans?
3. Costume parties are your turf
No one can judge you if you decide to dress up like Matilda or the Wicked Witch of the East. It’s a costume party–who are they to criticize you? The best part is belting out the lyrics to a song with no absolute shame when it starts busting out on the speakers. Some people will just have to let it go, yeah?
2. Screaming your heads off when you see merch
Oh, look Hairspray merch is on sale! BUY! It’s one of the many reasons why our wallets suddenly go empty. Those advertisements on social apps are traps to pull you in and dwell in the wonders of bags, clothing, sweaters, and more. Don’t fall for it! Or…maybe buy like 2 or 3… probably 10 for good measure. No harm done!
1. Wishing your own life was a musical
Imagine walking down the street, listening to music when you see the opportunity of belting out some song lyrics but then you realize–you’re in public. I mean, I wouldn’t mind but I don’t think people would like it if I suddenly sang “Once Upon A Dream” in the middle of the street. Hays, but it’s not like it’s impossible. *wink wink*
Is there anything else that we missed? Comment down below and share your thoughts!