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Mama causing mayhem

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June 12, 2018

Cartoon courtesy of Jess Rae of Doodley Squat.

THERE have been a few rumours circulating that I may have caused a woman to collapse during the performance of Phantom last Sunday.
I can say with 95 per cent certainty that they were probably true.
The poor woman became unconscious after my solo song, in which I scold stagehand Joseph Buquet for speaking out about the Phantom.
Although paramedics put it down to a medical condition, I believe the passion and intensity of my delivery (which I must say was my best to date) may have caused her to collapse from sheer ecstasy.
Not because, as my daughter Ayla suggested could have been due to the fact that I was so terrible.
No, I am pretty sure she was so overwhelmed with emotion when she heard my voice that it all became a bit too much.
Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Whatever the case, I am glad to hear the woman is okay and Echuca-Moama Theatre Company offered her and her husband free tickets to another show.
Which meant I had to tone down my ‘wow factor’ because we did not want another repeat of that.
However, situations like these tend to bring the best out in people.
The show was put on hold while we waited for the paramedics to arrive, but no-one seemed put out by this.
As our diva Carlotta would say ‘These things do happen’.
After the show, we received a lovely message from the woman’s daughter, who said ‘Thank-you to all the kind people at the Paramount Theatre who assisted my mum today during The Phantom of the Opera matinee when she lost consciousness. She is recovering and resting up. Sorry for the inconvenience caused. Thanks once again’.
I would just like to say, if her becoming unconscious was in any way my fault, I am deeply sorry.
The ironic thing about it, is that we were anticipating a point in the show may cause a medical emergency. Just not during my bit. We expected it may happen during the scene where the chandelier is shattered by the Phantom. That scene definitely got a few people jumping out of their seats.
Thankfully, there were no heart attacks in the audience and everyone enjoyed the show. So much so that the tears were flowing when the curtains closed for the final time on Saturday night; from the cast as well as the audience.
 

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