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Some of My Favorite Movies

Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?

I talk about a lot of things on this blog but movies just really aren’t one of those things. Today, though, I thought that it would be fun to talk a little bit about the movies that I really love. In this list, you will find book-to-movie adaptations, musical movies, and just your standard original films. This should be fun! Los geht’s!


  • Freedom Writers (2007) – It was my aunt that originally showed me this movie and it instantly became one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a truly deeply emotional movie full of great lessons and powerful real-life stories. This is one of those movies that I’m always going back to because it really is just a really wonderful one. I highly recommend it.

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  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) – When I think of musical movies that I really enjoy, this one definitely ranks high on the list. While SWEENEY TODD definitely isn’t one of my favorite musicals, this movie is so well done and I think that it’s so artistically and aesthetically pleasing. Honestly, what more would you expect from a Tim Burton film? There are some truly pretty songs in this too. I will say, though, that this movie is probably not a good pick if you’re queasy with blood–even fake blood.

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  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) – I did a review of this movie on here a little while ago. I’ll leave the link for that right here if that’s something that you think that you’d be interested in reading. This movie is wonderful because it’s like a super hero movie but with classical literature characters like Dorian Gray, Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, Tom Sawyer, etc. and it’s just a lot of fun. I wouldn’t say that it’s the most splendid film of all time but it is one of those movies that I just really thoroughly enjoy!

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  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) – If I have to watch Shakespeare, I always watch the Kenneth Branagh version. Why? Well, because his version of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is just about my favorite thing in the world. It makes me smile like an idiot and it always makes me feel happy. I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan but I can’t help but love this particular show and especially this version of it. I highly, highly recommend it if you ever need some cheering up.

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  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) – I absolutely love The Lord of the Rings and I think that Peter Jackson did a wonderful job at making them into movies. I’m still thoroughly vexed by the fact that one of my friends has yet to see any of these movies and one of these days when we’ve got absolutely nothing to do, I intend to have everyone over for a marathon of these movies.

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  • The Santa Clause (1994) – I’m not usually a big fan of Christmas movies–I usually don’t understand the hype–but this one is a long-standing favorite of mine. I think that it’s a really fun, cute movie and I’ve loved it since I first watched it years and years ago. A few years back, I watched this movie practically every other day throughout all of December. And well, to put it shortly, I don’t regret it.

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  • Scrooge (1970) – This is probably my favorite musical movie of all time. It’s just one of those movies that I love so much that I kind of tear up just thinking about it. It’s a movie that makes me laugh, cry, and just really contemplate life. Honestly, I’m never tired of this movie whether it’s Christmastime or not.

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  • Dinotopia (2002) – This is technically a TV miniseries but I’ve always thought of it as a movie because I have it on DVD and it would just play all of the episodes through without a break. At any rate, this was one of my favorite things to watch as a kid and I still really love watching it from time to time. I would watch it more often if only it didn’t take so long to make my way through the whole thing. 26 was probably the first character I ever really considered a favorite and I still love her to this day.

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  • Beauty and the Beast (1991) – As a kid, Belle was my favorite Disney princess. I just connected with her and one of my favorite things to do was pretend to be here. I distinctly remember putting my hair into whatever style Belle had it in the movie in any given scene whenever I would watch it and I would replay certain scenes over and over again. I still really love this movie but I think that one of the main reasons it remains a favorite of mine is the nostalgic appeal it has with me.

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  • Tangled (2010) – This is probably my second favorite Disney movie. I’ve always thought that it was a really cute, fun movie and every time that I watch it, I like it more and more. It’s also one of the first movies that I have a clear recollection of watching in theaters. Rapunzel’s liveliness is honestly so contagious and I love watching the movie whenever I need a pick-me-up!

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  • Star Wars IV-VI (1977-1983) – I might get a little bit of a hate for this but… I’m not a big fan of any of the newer Star Wars films. I liked Rogue One quite a bit but I’m not a big fan of Rey’s story and I still have not even watched The Last Jedi, having declined to watch it when I had the opportunity. Will I watch it? Eventually, yes. It’s Star Wars. But… I’m more a fan of the original trilogy than anything else and I don’t think that I will ever enjoy the newer movies nearly as much.

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  • The Convenient Groom (2016) – I’m not generally a fan of sappy romantic comedies–they’re just not really my style–but I stumbled upon this one on the Hallmark Channel one evening when I was looking for something to watch and I loved this one. I don’t know, I just thought that it was really cute and sweet and that it was quite funny when it wanted to be!

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  • Hello, Dolly! (1969) – I mean… this is a really fun, cute musical movie. Although Barbra Streisand isn’t my favorite Dolly, she does a wonderful job and this movie is just so lively and I think that it does a relatively good job at bringing this musical to life and keeping its fun spirit. I always smile whenever I watch this.

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  • Cinderella (1997) – This is the Disney version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of the story and I love it. Everything about this movie is just awesome, I think. It makes me laugh, it makes me smile, and I think that it just has a wonderful feeling to it. It’s one of those feel-good movies and I think that the cast was absolutely wonderful for this movie. Just so much fun.

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I think that that’s my list! What are your favorite movies? Vielen Dank und tschüss!

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My Favorite Finales From Musical Theatre

Guten Morgen, Leute! Ich hoffe das alles ist gut! 

It’s Friday, guys! Whoo! It’s been a long week but here we are, wrapping it up. And well… when I think of wrapping things up, I think of finales from musicals. I’ve done a few other posts on this topic before but I thought that it would be interesting to do an updated version–there are some new ones to add!–and see what’s changed. This time, though, we’re not just looking at the Act II finale! We’re also going to look at Act I finales as well. Los geht’s!


  • “Defying Gravity” from WICKED – Since, at the time of writing this, I’m listening to Willemijn Verkaik sing this song, I decided that I’d put it on the list. This song is an absolutely awesome Act I finale. It’s epic, exciting, and drop-dead powerful. Honestly, this is one of those songs from musicals that just gets me wowing over the talent of the actress playing Elphaba. It’s also a really emotional moment of the show when you’ve become attached to Elphie over time.
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Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba
  • “Ich hab’ geträumt von Manderley (Reprise)” from REBECCA – Since REBECCA’s main triumph is the suspense and the overall thriller feel, the ending is relatively low-drama compared to the rest of the musical. It’s a good way to wrap up the story though. Rebecca’s hold on everyone surrounding Manderley has officially been done away with; Manderley’s burned to the ground. It gives “ich” and Maxim the chance to start over. While I wouldn’t say that I particularly love the ending of the show, I think that it’s the melody of this song that really makes it so wonderful. It’s a haunting song and I love it.
  • “One Day More” from LES MISÉRABLES – I mean, this Act I finale is pretty much legendary. It’s honestly one of the best endings to Act I that I’ve ever seen. It’s always exciting and exhilarating and seeing it live will be something that I will never, ever forget. Definitely one of the best live theatre experiences that I’ve ever had in my life. Truly an amazing Act I finale. I also love “One Day More” because it’s the moment in which you can see the humanity in pretty much everyone in the show. Everyone has some sort of love for something–some sort of reason to be alive. Except, of course, for the Thenardiers who really just want everyone to die because it will mean that they’ll be able to get more things for themselves.

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  • “Finale / Do You Hear the People Sing (Reprise)” from LES MIZ – It’d be impossible to make a post about finales and not mention this particular finale to a show. This is honestly one of the mots beautiful, most emotional finales that I’ve ever seen. Practically every time I watch LES MIZ, I’m bawling by the time the finale rolls around and it’s packed full with lyrics that make me cry. Especially “To love another person is to see the face of God.” That one gets me every single time. But as much as it is a sad finale, I think that it’s full of hope and that’s what really makes this finale work.
  • “All I Ask of You / All I Ask of You (Reprise)” from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – The first time that I watched PHANTOM, my reaction to the Act I finale was something like this: “Oh, wow. Wow, wow. Woah… that’s… woah.” And years later, that’s still pretty much what I think when it comes to this Act I closer. And that chandelier drop is legendary. Seeing it happen live is honestly one of the best things ever. It’s just an awesome moment.
  • “Ich gehör nur mir (Reprise)” from ELISABETH – As far as Act I finales that I’ve listed here, this one is actually pretty tame in comparison. Which is weird because it’s just about the opposite of what you’d expect from ELISABETH. But though it isn’t super exciting or pumping, it’s a finale that just strikes you with awe and is actually quite emotional. First of all, there’s the Sternenkleid. One of my favorite things about the live cast recording of ELISABETH is that you can literally hear the audience applauding as Annemieke van Dam arrives on the stage as Sisi in the Sternenkleid. It’s an amazing dress and I don’t know… the actress playing Sisi always shines and seems to be so larger-than-life in this scene. It’s an emotional scene because Sisi’s standing up for herself, ready to take control of her life and make a difference in the world. Meanwhile, we’ve also got Franz Joseph and der Tod there too. Plus, it’s the reprise of one of the most beautiful, recognizable songs from not only ELISABETH but from German musical theatre as a whole.
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Annemieke van Dam as Sisi
  • “Der Schleier fällt” from ELISABETH – I love this finale. It’s bittersweet, simple, beautiful, and altogether just the perfect ending to the show. All in all, what really strikes me as especially impressive about it is that you can twist it in so many ways and each way has some sort of impressive weight there. Listening to this song and watching this finale play out is honestly one of my favorite pass times. It’s a beautiful, beautiful scene and wonderfully put together. It’s honestly the best ending I could possibly imagine for this wonderful show.
  • “Vor dem Schloss” from TANZ DER VAMPIRE – I used to not think much of this particular Act I finale–I thought that it was kind of boring and kind of stupid–but my opinion on that has completely changed. It’s really quite exciting and perfectly sets the scene for Act II. The song itself is actually really, really beautiful and I just really, really enjoy it. Especially the part where Krolock and Alfred speak to one another. It’s just a really intriguing, almost scary moment.
  • “Der Tanz der Vampire” from TANZ DER VAMPIRE – Confession time: whenever I break out into dance, it’s usually to this song. It’s just a great one and I love it. The funny thing about this finale is that while it is technically tragic–I mean, the heroes lose, guys–it looks so fun. And also Alfred and Sarah look more-or-less content? I just feel really bad for the Professor. When the Professor is calling for Alfred in the forest, my heart really hurts. Overall, just a really fun finale and I really, really enjoy it. Honestly, it fits this musical perfectly.

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  • “Finale/I Can’t Recall (Reprise)” from A TALE OF TWO CITIES – As far as tearjerker endings go, this one is honestly one of the best. I can’t help but bawl whenever I listen to it or watch it. I mean, it made my generally no-tearing-up friend cry so… yeah. But sad as it is, it’s a really, really beautiful finale and I think that it really captures the feel of Dickens’s ending that he wrote for the book version of A Tale of Two Cities.
  • “Finale” from SOMETHING ROTTEN! – This is one of the most genuinely happy finales from a musical that I’ve ever seen and just thinking about it is enough to make me smile. It’s actually one of those finales that makes me cry out of happiness. No kidding.
  • “Hello, Dolly (Reprise)” from HELLO, DOLLY! – Speaking of finales that make me cry for joy, this is definitely one of them. I love, love, love this finale. I think that it’s a wonderfully put-together finale and I don’t think that I’d have it any other way. It’s fun and whimsical and just a whole bunch of fun like the rest of the musical.
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Barbra Streisand as Dolly
  • “I Like Life (Reprise)” from SCROOGE – Okay, I think that this is the last of the finales that makes me tear up because I’m just so happy. Whenever I watch this scene, I just can’t stop smiling and man… it’s a beautiful, happy, happy finale. I love it. Unfortunately, apparently SCROOGE is a Christmas musical and is thus only valid to watch during the Christmas season. You can bet that I watch it whenever I’m the only one home alone no matter what time of year it is.
  • “Alive” from JEKYLL & HYDE – As far as exciting Act I closers go, this one takes the cake. It’s an awesome finale and it perfectly captures the overall feel of the show, I think. It also just leads into Act II in just about the most perfect ways imaginable: with Hyde’s introduction. Hyde’s insanity really shows through in this scene and I think that it’s done so very well.
  • “Du bist meine Welt” from RUDOLF: AFFAIRE MAYERLING – Although I’m not the biggest fan of this musical, this finale is absolutely beautiful and is one of those songs that I tend to think of as being my absolute favorite. It really is a beautiful, heartfelt song and I think that it captures the characters really well. So, although I can’t say that I particularly enjoy this musical, this song is definitely a really, really wonderful finale to the show.

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  • “Road to Hell II / I Raise My Cup” from HADESTOWN – I absolutely love this finale and I do believe that it was the finale of the show that really made me fall in love with the musical the first time that I listened to it. It made me cry and well, quite honestly, it caught me off-guard even though I knew that it was coming all along. Really one of the most beautiful finales that I’ve ever seen and filled with so much heart.

What are your favorite (Act I and Act II) finales from musicals? Vielen Dank und tschüss!  

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and ELISABETH

Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?

Today, we’re finally talking about something that I’ve been contemplating writing a post for for a really long time. But yesterday, when I was getting ready to head off to college, I was listening to “Devil Take the Hindmost (Quartet)” from LOVE NEVER DIES (not a fan at all of the show but I really like this song) and I just couldn’t take the ELISABETH references that I found.

Are these references intentional? Maybe, maybe not. But… there are just so many similarities that I can’t ignore them. So, today, we’re talking about ’em!


*NOTE: This post will contain spoilers. This is your spoiler alert. And, for another thing, I won’t be talking much about plot. If that’s what you’re here for, I have done posts on that sort of thing before! Just ask me about them in the comments and I’ll be more than happy to send a link your way. Oh, and I think that it’s worth saying that this is a post full of me just making suppositions. As far as I’m aware, none of these things have been confirmed. I’m just picking out things that I’ve noticed. And this post, while titled “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and ELISABETH” deals with PHANTOM as a franchise.

Disclaimers set aside…

1. The 2004 ver. of the “Think of Me” dress

I think that the most obvious tie between PHANTOM and ELISABETH is the 2004 movie version of the “Think of Me” dress. To me it’s pretty obvious that that particular dress is based off of the dress that Elisabeth famously wore in a portrait. And well… in ELISABETH, there is a replica of the dress–called the Sternenkleid by fans.

Now, there is a lot weird about Christine wearing the Sternenkleid–or a dress that look like it. Why? Well… let’s just look at some of the reasons:

  • PHANTOM, depending on the timeline (honestly, the timeline is so messed up at this point…), takes place before or during Sisi’s lifetime. But definitely not after. I mean, Sisi died in 1898…. I suppose that it’s plausible that an opera about Sisi could have been made and performed during her lifetime that seems highly unlikely to me. The song “Think of Me” rather fits Sisi’s character and relationship with der Tod in ELISABETH, though, I think, but it really doesn’t make sense in terms of time. Am I being a tad ridiculous? Yes, probably.
  • The more obvious problem with the 2004 ver. of the “Think of Me” dress is that “Think of Me” is supposedly an aria from the opera, HANNIBAL which is being performed by at the Palais-Garnier. And, well, this “Think of Me” dress does not fit the HANNIBAL theme. It does not fit the costumes that we see during the rehearsal.

So, to me the use of the Sternenkleid really screams out as a reference to ELISABETH. Why? Well… because why else do it right? Yes, the Sternenkleid is a really pretty dress but is it worth sacrificing continuity in such a major way? I personally don’t think so unless it did have a purpose. Did the creators of the 2004 movie really want to give a nod to ELISABETH? Maybe, maybe not… but I can’t help but think that they did.

2. Der Tod dressed as a doctor in “Maladie”

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Mark Seibert as der Tod performing “Maladie”; disguised as the doctor

I can’t help but be reminded of “Point of No Return” during “Maladie” when der Tod arrives to visit Sisi, disguised as a doctor. He casts off the shroud and Sisi cries out in surprise. To me, this is reminiscent of the scene in “Point of No Return” where Sisi throws off the hood and discovers that it’s been the Phantom performing alongside her. I think that it’s plausible that Michael Kunze was inspired by “Point of No Return” since ELISABETH made its world premiere a few years after PHANTOM.

It’s also interesting to me that both encounters result in a struggle but that in PHANTOM, it leads to Christine and the Phantom fighting whereas “Maladie” is instrumental in Sisi coming to reconcile with der Tod after all this time.

3. Raoul’s costume in the London production of LOVE NEVER DIES

This costume is almost exactly like der Tod’s white costume. No one can convince me otherwise.

I mean… just look at them. Need I say anymore?

4. “Here it is, the finale dance.”

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Mark Seibert as der Tod performing “Der letzte Tanz”

Okay. “The final dance”? Isn’t that a parallel to “Der letzte Tanz”? And while I’ve never actually watched the London version of LND, I can totally picture Raoul wearing the der Tod costume from above and singing this line and I die. I die in a fit of laughter. Why? I don’t even know… but Raoul just isn’t like der Tod. At all.

5. Dressing gowns. 

Okay, so this is a really weak one given that dressing gowns weren’t uncommon in this time period but… I can’t help but notice that Christine’s dressing gown in the Australian production of LOVE NEVER DIES has a very similar general look as Sisi’s dressing gown. Weirdly enough, though, in all circumstances, Christine’s dressing gowns always seem more elegant than Sisi’s. Why’s that weird? Well… Sisi is the empress of Austria and Hungary. I don’t know. I’m being nit-picky again but that’s always weirded me out a bit.


What do you think about the similarities I found? Do you see them too or do you think I’m going crazy? That’s entirely plausible, let’s face it! Vielen Dank und tschüss!

Listening to God and Looking For Your Calling

Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a spiritual post but I think that, throughout Lent, I would like to make a commitment to getting one out every Wednesday. Clearly that didn’t happen for Ash Wednesday but… better late than never, right?


There are a lot of things in my life trying desperately to pull me away from God. The past few months have really been about me trying to put my trust in God and putting him first in my life. Just a few days ago, though, God gave me all of the answers and answered my prayers. He’s been answering my prayers in little ways all the way along, though.

It’s hard when you love a person and yet you know that to be with them would be bad for your faith. That to be with them, you’d have to give up your faith. I knew all along what my choice would be, of course, but it didn’t stop the hurting. It didn’t stop me from wishing that I could have both. I prayed and prayed and prayed for God to help me. To help me to not hurt too much if things didn’t go well but, if it was God’s will for me to be able to have the best of both worlds, for me to praise him. At the end of the day, though, I just wanted things to work out as He wanted it.

So, I’m sitting here now, writing this, not hurting. God’s helped me get through it. Sure, my heart suffered a few pangs but God comforted me, telling me that He would provide for me and that He knows what’s best for me. And it was also clear that if someone I loved wanted me to give up my love for God, then he didn’t really love me–not in the way that I want a person to love me. God answered my prayer and told me “No” but “Yes.” Or as we say in German, Jein. Yes and no.

No, the relationship I wanted is not going to happen. But yes, God comforted me. Yes, God kept me from suffering major heartbreak and limited my pain to a few pangs of hurt and helping me to realize that the words of II Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) are so true:

He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

What was the point of that story? Well… we have to listen to God. Even when it’s tough. Why? Because God knows what’s best for our souls. God knows how best to help us and He knows how to sustain us. The verse above describes my situation perfectly. I thought that I wanted that relationship. I thought that I would ache tirelessly if it didn’t wind up working. But God swooped in and told me that the relationship wouldn’t be the best thing for me and that I need to trust in His grace. He will be strong for me in this and He will help me to get through it. And well, that’s exactly what He is doing for me. Do I ache a little bit? Yes. But overall, God’s standing up for me, keeping me strong. And you know, in this, God has drawn me closer to Him. And so I am glad to suffer this temporary pain. Like Paul, I will glory in my infirmities.

But that’s only half of the story, really. Because, after I heard the judgment bell ring, I decided that I would take a little bit of time for myself to reflect and think and shed a few tears if necessary. No tears but tears of joy came to me and I praised God for His wisdom in leading me. I realized that, for so long, my focus has been so misaligned and I’ve been focusing on the wrong things entirely. God needs to be my main focus and He will provide. He knows how best to guide me.

And well, as I stood there, thinking and praising God, I decided that maybe I’d like to join the church choir full-time like my dad’s been begging me to for the longest time. Maybe I’ll go to my uncle and ask him if I can start training to be a Sunday School teacher. Because yeah, there is fun to be had with friends, sure. But in the end, what’s more important? Momentary fun or making real changes and serving God?

It’s truly amazing what wisdom comes from just listening to God.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to know what my purpose is. Why did God put me on this earth? What am I supposed to accomplish? I think that it’s easy to go through life and think that there isn’t a plan. That there isn’t any purpose that God has mapped out for us. It’s easy and appealing to humans to think that life is a playground and we’re just supposed to do what we want. But I think that it’s so much better to know that God put us on the earth for a reason. That He has some sort of reason for putting us here and that we’re a part of His plan.

It can be frustrating, though, not feeling like you know what God wants from your life. But it’s actually really simple: God wants us to follow Him. The rest follows from that. God’s will will be done and we just have to allow it to happen and to do what He wants. Follow His commandments, pray to Him for guidance, and do what He would want us to do and He will guide us. That’s one of the most beautiful things about going through life as a Christian–there’s no need to worry about where to go since God will guide us. We need to let God take control and steer us through life. It’s crazy how willing we are to hand over the reigns to earthly things and people but are stubborn when it comes to giving God control. God is perfect, God cannot and will not fail. Humans, on the other hand? We fail all of the time.

Do I know precisely what it is that God wants my life to amount to? No, not really. But I do know this: God wants me to praise Him and to call upon His name in all things. He wants my heart and He wants my trust. And if I put all of my fear, love, and trust in Him, then God will help me to yield the fruits that He wants me to. He will bless my work and He will bring about his ultimate plan.

Have the last few weeks been painful and hard? Yeah, a little. But I know that God will continue to guide me and He won’t let me fall. He’s helped me to get through the worst of it and I feel more ready than ever to serve Him and to praise Him with my life. God may have closed one particular door but I know that there will be thousands of other doors for me to open and try until I find the right one. God will lead me there in His own way and in His own time and that’s a great comfort. I just need to pray, trust, and listen to God and what He’s telling me in His Word and in His guidance in my life. I just need to do what He would want me to do and let Him guide me in everything. As the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (TLH #516) says:

  1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
    Oh, what needless pain we bear
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
  2. Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble any where?
    We should never be discouraged
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
  3. Are we weak and heavy laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do your friends despise, forsake you?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
    You will find a solace there.

Don’t get me wrong: it was painful realizing that this relationship that I wanted wasn’t going to work and that it wasn’t what God wanted for me. It was really, really painful. But the signs were there all along and God gently let me down, showing me His grace. It was painful but in the midst of the pain, God stood by me, helping me to get through it.

The Scriptures are full of beautiful passages of comfort for us in the midst of the most difficult times. God is always there with balm to soothe the burns. And, of course, there are hymns and good Christian friends to stand beside us to help and comfort us. I suppose that this is off-topic but as I wrap up this post, I think that I would very much like to share my go-to comfort hymn with you guys. It’s an Easter hymn and it’s one that makes me and many of the people I know cry almost without fail. It’s no other than “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (TLH #200). There are so many beautiful segments to be pulled from this hymn for our comfort. Yes, it’s an Easter hymn, but Easter is a holiday all about comfort. And there is little more comforting than the knowledge that Christ, our Savior, died for us on the cross, giving His life for us and that He rose again, overcoming death and the devil for us.

1. I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever-living Head.

2. He lives triumphant from the grave,
He lives eternally to save,
He lives all-glorious in the sky,
He lives exalted there on high.

3. He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.

4. He lives to grant me rich supply,
He lives to guide me with His eye,
He lives to comfort me when faint,
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

5. He lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives all blessings to impart.

6. He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

7. He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death:
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He Iives to bring me safely there.

8. He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”


And so, that’s my post for today! I hope that you guys all have a wonderful Wednesday and rest of the week! Vielen Dank und tschüss!

February Book Haul | Book Talk

Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?

Over the President’s Day break, the local used bookstore was having a sale and I took advantage of this, deciding that if there was any time to go and buy some books, it was now. So, for today, I decided that it would be fun to share what I bought! Los geht’s!

  • The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer – I have read both of these epics but I only ever really bought The Odyssey. Which is weird considering that I always liked The Iliad more. So when I found both in one book, I bought it. It helped a lot that it had an adorable cover. I figure that I can sell my old copy of The Odyssey since now I’ve got two copies.

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  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – I don’t know why but I just felt the overwhelming urge to buy this book. It also wound up being a better value since it was the same price as another book that I wanted to buy but wound up not buying. This is a hardbound, rather nice copy of the book and so… I bought it! I figured that the other book could wait for the next time I make a trip to the store.
  • Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation by Harlow Giles Unger – I saw Patrick Henry’s face–a face I’d recognize literally anywhere–and knew that I had to buy this book. Plus it was selling for a really good deal–over 50% off–and I mean… it had the whole text of the “Give me liberty or give me death speech.” Plus, you all know how I feel about the American Revolution. Patrick Henry is just about one of my favorite people ever and yeah, it’s not every day that you see a biography about him! Also, the title’s just great!

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What books have you bought recently? Vielen Dank und tschüss! 

Writing Updates

Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?

Since, at the time this is going up I will be on a brief vacation with my family for President’s Day before I have to go back to college, I decided it would be a good idea to have something simple to go up. And so here we are, writing a long overdue writing update! Los geht’s!


It’s been a really mediocre few months for me in terms of writing. I’ve not been doing too much of it other than for this blog. I would say that school’s just been getting too much in the way but it’s more the fact that I haven’t felt like writing. At any rate, in the last few days, I’ve started writing again.

My main WIP at the moment, as many of you know, is Before You Forget Me, a novel set in the late 1800’s in Seattle underground. I wrote a draft for NaNoWriMo last year and my main goal has been to get a solid, good rewrite down before this year’s NaNoWriMo. I want to have a really solid one but… I’ve been struggling with it a lot. It’s not been the easiest time since I’m so fixated on getting it just right. A few days ago I opened my draft for the first time in weeks and I was really glad to have had some time away from it because it seems to have helped quite a bit.

Before You Forget Me has been far more difficult for me than Clemency: This is No Nation of Gods (my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel). I have yet to write a second draft of Clemency but even after having read through the manuscript a few times, I’m pretty comfortable with what I’ve gotten so far–rare, for me. Of course, it still needs rewriting but I haven’t felt the sincere need to fix it up like Before You Forget Me.

Something about Before You Forget Me is a little bit more difficult too. Maybe it’s that I have a vision for it in my mind but it never seems to come together in just the right way on paper. Maybe it’s that it needs more focus. It probably is that the novel needs more focus. But it’s just so, so difficult. With Clemency, I never seemed to run out of ideas. Before You Forget Me has been completely different.

I thought that this novel would be easier because I did more planning with it. Hypothetically I know more about what should happen in Before You Forget Me than I knew with Clemency. All the same, it’s been difficult.

However, with Before You Forget Me, I’ve had a far better support network and that’s probably the main reason why I haven’t given up on it yet. So, yes. This is a shout out to my writing buddies and to all of you guys. If any of you guys need a writing buddy, just tell me. I love encouraging fellow writers and heaven knows that I also really enjoy the support that comes with writing buddies!

Another main reason I haven’t given up on this particular WIP is that I believe in it. I really think that there is an important, real, compelling story hiding behind this idea. More so than Clemency or anything else I’ve ever written, perhaps. I’ve thought about benching Before You Forget Me multiple times but I can’t bring myself to do it. Even if it takes me the rest of my life, I want to make this into something that, someday, people will be able to read. In a weird sort of way, the difficult nature of this book has been making me believe more and more that it has to be written. So I’m not giving up on it.

That’s about it in regards to Before You Forget Me, but there are still a few more WIPs that I want to talk about with you all!

Up first is the untitled screenplay that I’m writing for my friends. About a month ago, my friends and I were sitting around in a friend’s living room, talking and we decided that we wanted to make a movie over the summer as just a little project. It would also just give us an excuse to hang out with each other as much as possible so that might’ve been a part of it but… yeah. At any rate, my friends and I all are pretty creative people in our own ways. One of us likes to make documentaries and edit videos. A few of us like to draw and paint. Some of us like doing photography. Some like or are just really good at acting. And well, I write. So it seemed like a screenplay was a perfect idea for us.

All that aside, I’m in charge of writing the screenplay/script and it’s been fun but also stressful. I haven’t had that much time to write but when I do write it, I laugh. I laugh a lot. We want it to be a mix of comedy and seriousness and we just want it to represent our friendship. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m really enjoying writing it. My friends being excited about it and giving me feedback has also been a lot of fun. Even though this is really just a fun personal project it’s been quite fun and interesting to work with my friends on this.

I think that it’s fair to say that I’m about 25% done with the screenplay and need to amp up my writing speed but I’ll have ample time to write when I go to Japan in a few months. It’ll give me some time to make necessary changes and all of that. The main point is to have fun with this so I don’t want to take it too seriously and make it a chore. If I do, it will lose the necessary spirit of the thing. At the same time, though, I need to find a way to make sure that I’m writing consistently.

And, last but not least, I want to talk to you guys about “The Price of Love and Patriotism”, a short story that I wrote for my Creative Writing class at college. I have shared some of my short stories on this blog and have contemplated sharing this one with you guys but I want to avoid being falsely charged with plagiarism so I want to check with my teacher and I want to make sure that everything’s squared away properly before I do that.

At any rate, “The Price of Love and Patriotism” is a short story that I wrote very loosely based off of a real-life experience I had with one of my friends a few months back at the mall. But… it’s set in the French Revolution. And it’s rather sad and serious although the original situation was quite funny.

I have to revise it a little but I’m pretty happy with the way that it turned out! It’s probably the best sample of my writing that I can just hand someone right now and, in all likelihood, it’s the piece that’s getting submitted to the college literary journal. If any of you would like to read it, feel free to talk to me in the comments and I can try to find a way to send it to you.


That’s it for me today, I think! How’s your writing been going recently? Vielen Dank und tschüss!  

Making Of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Studio Cast Recording Video Discussion | February Musical of the Month 2018

Guten Morgen, Leute! Ich hoffe das alles ist gut!

Time flies! It’s already Week Three of February! For this week, we’re discussing the making-of video for the studio recording of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME! Last week, I listened to the entirety of the cast recording and watched the movie so if you want to read those posts, you can find them by clicking through on the links! Be forewarned, though! The full listen-through is quite long! At any rate, let’s get into the discussion, shall we?

I don’t know about the rest of y’all but I really love these kinds of videos. It’s really cool to hear what everyone thinks about this thing that they’ve worked together to create! I like hearing the actor interviews and it’s so awesome to see people celebrate their big win!

Seriously, seeing Michael Arden who plays Quasi shedding some tears at the end of the video tugged at my heart strings!

I love this video because you get to hear some of the best moments of the show musically and it’s so cool to get to see how it looked in the studio while they were recording! This show truly is an amazing one and I think that it’s so cool!

What do you guys think about the video? Vielen Dank und tschüss! 

 

The Rising Author Tag

Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?

I hope that you all are doing well on this Saturday morning! I’m sitting in my writing chair, wearing my Spiderman pajamas, yawning, and trying to put together a post for you guys before I get to work on the screenplay that I’m writing for my friends and the NaNoWriMo novel that I wrote last year that still needs editing and rewriting.

I woke up this morning, though, to find that Chelsea over at An Ordinary Pen (check her out by clicking on her links!) had tagged me in the Rising Author Tag! Thank you so much, Chelsea! And since yesterday I enjoyed the company of my friends almost all day after a rather scary morning, I didn’t have time to pre-write a post. So I figured that I would write this post right away! Los geht’s!


1. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

This is the question that I have never really been able to answer. Am I plotter or a pantser? Well, it really depends on which novel you look at. Clemency: This is No Nation of Gods, my French Revolution novel, I did next to no planning. I just wrote with an end in mind. Then, of course, with Stolen Score and Before You Forget Me, I did more planning. I really lie somewhere in the middle. But I do really enjoy the Snowflake Method when it comes to planning for my novels. No matter what, though, planning is something that I can’t manage to do scene-by-scene. But I do like to have some guidance.

2. Do you lean towards writing male or female characters?

I like a blend of both in my stories. Usually I gravitate more towards female main characters because I feel better-equipped to write them as a female myself but male characters are some of my favorites to write and I generally like them more than I like my female characters. In my current WIPs, Stolen Score and Before You Forget Me, though, they have one male lead and one female lead.

3. What themes/symbols/motifs tend to appear repeatedly in your writing?

Friendship is definitely a big one and I also tend to write stories about people who come into themselves by realizing that sometimes you have to stand up and fight for what you believe in and fight for yourself. Sacrifices are usually something that come up in a lot of my stories–if you’ve read Clemency: This is No Nation of Gods, you’ll know what I mean.

4. Music while writing: yes or no?

YES. Music while writing is a must for me and it definitely helps me not only to concentrate but to pump out more ideas. I don’t generally get distracted by music while writing so it’s perfect. I love creating my writing playlists.

5. Favourite character archetype (hero, mentor, love interest etc)?

To read about, antiheroes are really interesting, I think. I don’t write them because I don’t feel comfortable in my ability to write a good one yet. Maybe one day?

As of right now, my favorite to write though is probably the Caregiver. Of all the character types that I like to write, the Caregiver is probably the top. These characters are so sympathetic, kind, and thoughtful and I just really like writing them. It’s also fun to write characters who are generally not so caregiver-esque and to put them into scenarios where they have to take on that role.

6. Out of all your characters, which do you relate to the most?

Oh, wow… maybe Julien Diodore Évariste Mathis Florian Edgard Descoteaux (I had to go back and find that in my manuscript because there was no way that I would remember the exact order of all of those names). But, yes, Julien. Julien was by far my favorite character that I wrote for Clemency. He’s a storyteller type and I loved the segments where he got to tell Danaé stories. But what I relate to most in Julien is probably the fact that he and I try to find the best in any situation. We also hate giving up on anything that we’ve set our minds to. And well, of course, we both enjoy telling stories.

7. What’s the oddest thing you know about one of your characters?

Well, aside from the fact that I know Julien’s full name, the weirdest thing that I know about a character is probably the fact that Todd Irving, the character in my screenplay who is an FBI agent carries his watch around in his pocket instead of wearing it on his wrist. It’s a wrist watch too, which makes it weird. But… considering that it is a screenplay and I had to come up with physical details, this is just something that was kind of important to know!

8. What’s one genre you’d like to try (writing or reading), but haven’t yet?

Well, I’d definitely like to try my hand at a retelling if I came up with the right idea. Unfortunately my mind just isn’t wired that way but I would really like to try it. I also wish that I had the ability to create entire fantasy worlds like that of Tolkien but I would definitely need to work really hard on that and it would take me years to get acclimated to it!

9. What’s the weirdest character you’ve written and why?

Julien from Clemency would qualify but seeing as I’ve talked a lot about him, I’ll leave him in the background for now.

Argus from Before You Forget Me is a weird but interesting character. Everything that he says is, generally speaking, untrue. There are little truths hidden behind what he says but, for the most part, he’s a chronic liar both out of necessity and for the sake of breaking other people. He’s definitely a weird character and he’s an interesting one for me to write!

10. If you could write ANY story and didn’t have to worry about it being mediocre or falling apart in the middle, etc, what would you write?

Oh man… any story? Well, okay. There’s this story idea I’ve had for the longest time that’s about a world filled with queens, kings, faeries. I’ve written the story about five times, each time with major changes to characters and to the story itself. But none of those times I’ve written it have I finished with something I felt was a good start. I’m not ready or willing to give up on it yet, though.

As for stories that I haven’t even started… I’ve been thinking that it would be awesome to be able to just write a historical fiction novel on some of the Egyptian pharaohs or maybe even the Borgias!

Who do I tag?

The rules say to tag four people so I’m going to tag:

My Questions:

I’ve seen some people just keep the original set or give their own questions. I think that I might do a blend of both!

  1. When you listen to music when writing, lyrics or no lyrics?
  2. Who/what were your main inspirations to become a writer?
  3. Do you have a place that you prefer to write? If so, where?
  4. Do you have any ideas that you think would make really great novels but realistically you don’t think you’ll ever end up writing? What are they?
  5. If you could pick any actor for any role in a movie adaption of your book, who would it be?
  6. What’s your favorite name that you’ve ever given to a character?
  7. What is a character quirk that one of your characters have?
  8. If one of your characters could meet a character from any other book, who would it be and what would happen?
  9. When a new idea for a novel comes to you, what do you do? (i.e. Do you abandon ship with your other WIPs in order to work on this new idea or do you write down the idea and save it for later?, etc.)
  10. Do you love or hate editing?

A big thank you once again to Chelsea for tagging me! Even if I did not tag you, feel free to snag the questions and write a post or respond in the comments!

Tomorrow is Sunday in Seattle and so that means that tomorrow morning I’ll have a Musical of the Month post up for you guys! For the month of February, we’re discussing THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. We’ll be discussing the making-of video which you can find on YouTube by clicking right here. If you want to know more about Musical of the Month or just about February’s agenda, you can click the respective links!

Vielen Dank und tschüss!

My Recommendations For People Just Getting Into Musicals

Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?

Most of my friends have never seen a musical that wasn’t a Disney movie in their entire lives. To say the least, I’m absolutely mortified by this and have been desperately seeking to find musicals to introduce them to. Why? Because I think that if they really gave them a chance, they’d really like them. Or at least be able to say that they’ve watched some musicals.

But I’m constantly wrestling with myself because I think that it’s really important what musical gets pulled out first. I think that some musicals are more friendly to people who have never watched a musical and some are more intimidating. And well, today, I’m going to give my recommendations on which ones I think should be started with and which ones I think that should be left for later. These are based off of my own personal experiences and, of course, everyone is slightly different so it will vary from person to person but this has been my personal experience and I know that some people who have shared similar experiences. At any rate, los geht’s!

**DISCLAIMER: There will not be any mention of HAMILTON on this list as it’s not a musical that factored into my own journey with musical theatre in the least and I don’t particularly like it so I don’t really know how to gauge it.


Most people have some sort of background with musicals in the form of Disney. A lot of us have grown up on Disney movies and for people who don’t watch musicals a lot, their first thoughts of musicals are usually of Disney movies. I think that Disney is a really, really great place to start. Try listening to some of the cast recordings of the full-length musicals out there! They’ve got the songs that you remember and some that you may never have heard before! Disney stage musicals that exist are BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, TARZAN, ALADDIN, and FROZEN. (There may be others but these are the ones that I am sure of… I believe that TARZAN may yet to have an English production but I know that there have been German ones.)

Disney’s a great place to start but once you’ve got past Disney, I would highly recommend going to the books that you’ve read. Do any of those books have musical adaptions? If they do, I would suggest checking some of them out. I won’t promise a perfect adaptation because that’s rare but it is very often interesting to watch musical versions because they pick up on a lot of emotional themes of the stories that you already loved and can enhance the source material in some ways. It’s always really interesting to see how those play out. Most musical adaptations are of classics but The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is now a musical. I’ve never listened to it so I don’t know a thing about the musical but it might be worth checking out! A quick look at a Wikipedia page of a book is a good way of finding out if there’s been a musical adaptation. (Really unrelated but… I really want a The Picture of Dorian Gray musical! Anyone else?)

If you want specifics that I recommend trying out early on in your musical theatre journey, I would definitely recommend THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. The music in that particular show is absolutely captivating and I think that it’s one that’s really easy to get into. The story is really interesting as well and most people I’ve introduced to PHANTOM really enjoy it. Even though I have considered myself a musical theatre fan for years before PHANTOM entered my life, it wasn’t until PHANTOM that I really started getting actively involved in being a fan of musicals. PHANTOM was really what kick-started my musical theatre obsession. I’ve come to the conclusion that if there’s a musical that I decide to show my friends first, it will probably be PHANTOM just because I think that it’s a great starting point. It’s a musical that’s full of spectacle and it’s just a really stunning show. It’s also a pretty good example of what both modern and more classical musicals tend to look like. PHANTOM’s music isn’t ultra-classical like the music of SCHIKANEDER but it’s not hyper-modern either. It’s a really great mix. The tunes are memorable. There are also dance numbers but they’re well-incorporated into the show. They don’t drag on for too long but they do show off some real cool moves. The costumes are also really stunning. It’s a fun show but it’s also a sad show. A lot of people misunderstand musicals and think that they’re always funny, always comedic. Except… they’re not. In fact, sometimes they’re horribly sad and tragic. PHANTOM’s got jokes and comic relief. But there’s also a rather sad ending and I think that it sets a precedent for what people should expect from a musical whether it be old or new.

If your friends like funnier, more lighthearted shows, I’d recommend WICKED or, if you think that they’ll appreciate it, perhaps CATS. Both of these are generally lighthearted and don’t really run too dark or deep. WICKED’s got points of tragedy and sadness but all in all it is a more cheery musical. CATS, on the other hand, is kind of like a concert… but if all the performers were doing super intense choreography in cat costumes. Why? Because it’s not plot-heavy. It is really fun to watch, though, and I would recommend it if you think that you or your friends will be able to bear the lack of plot. I know some people hate it but I don’t mind it and I really enjoy it!

Where does LES MISÉRABLES come in? At the beginning of the musical theatre journey? No. Definitely not. I don’t recommend going that way at all. LES MIZ doesn’t hit a lot of people’s expectations of a musical. It doesn’t have dance numbers, it’s really long, and it’s also not the most uplifting story at first glance. A lot of people would probably misjudge LES MIZ and I know that I did as well. I love LES MIZ, don’t get me wrong (it’s one of my absolute favorites), but it’s not the musical that I would sit down and watch with a person who’s never, ever watched a musical before. I don’t see it working out well. At all. One of the reasons is that LES MIZ is a heavy singing musical. A lot of lines that seem might be better spoken are sung and for people who are not used to musicals, I can see how this would be highly annoying. One more LES MIZ recommendation… I would have them listen to a cast recording of the musical first and explain the plot as you go. After that, I would show them the movie. I feel like this would be a good way of going about it but then again, you know best. In general, I think LES MIZ should be left until a person is generally comfortable with musicals. That’s just a personal opinion though.

I don’t really know what other recommendations I have in reference to how to go about getting into musicals in general but… if you want to get into German (or other foreign language) musicals (I’m a German musical theatre girl so that’s what I’m focusing on), I do have some suggestions…

  • Wikipedia’s your best friend if you don’t understand the language. It’s okay to use Wikipedia, it’s not all bad. Wikipedia can give you good information on plot and otherwise and sometimes even divulges what plot points correspond to certain songs and whatnot. I highly recommend looking at Wikipedia at least once. Information isn’t always there but most of the time… it is.
  • Lyric translation videos/websites. Sometimes these things are inaccurate but most of the time they are able to give you the general feel of a song and I think that that’s the main goal.
  • Try to find International Trailers. With most VBW (that’s a stage organization in Wien [Vienna]) shows, you can find international trailers which may have English narration and/or English subtitles. There’s one for ELISABETH, one for TANZ DER VAMPIRE, one for REBECCA, and one, I believe, for SCHIKANEDER.
  • If the musical you’re trying to get into is in German, I have a series on my blog all about dissecting those as I listen to them in real time, explaining plot. These are like what you’d find under a really complete Wikipedia article, except in far more detail. I try to pick apart every scene in great detail and my main goal with those posts are to help people who want to get into these musicals but don’t understand the language. I don’t know how helpful they really are but I’d suggest giving them a look. I’ve done ones for REBECCA, SCHIKANEDER, and ELISABETH. I’ve got one for TANZ DER VAMPIRE coming soon and I’m also hoping to go through ARTUS-EXCALIBUR and RUDOLF: AFFAIRE MAYERLING sometime soon. Be forewarned… these posts sometimes run a little long!

I hope that these recommendations helped! What are your suggestions? Vielen Dank und tschüss! 

Love Triangle Game | Musical Theatre Games

Guten Morgen, Leute! Wie geht’s?

Yesterday, I was browsing YouTube and when I saw that Jesse over at jessethereader had posted a new video, I had to check it out. The video was a game–a love triangle game–where you throw names into a hat and you draw three out, creating a love triangle. The first name that you draw is the the central character to the love triangle and from there, you pick from the other two and decide who the first character should end up with! You can find his video here. I thought that it sounded like a lot of fun so I thought that I’d do a musical theatre version of it! Los geht’s!

ROUND ONE:

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For this round, I wound up drawing Cornelius Hackl from HELLO, DOLLY! as my central character of the love triangle. The other two that I drew were Sarah Chagal from TANZ DER VAMPIRE and Anastasia from ANASTASIA.

Oh boy… this is tough. I don’t know if I could ship Cornelius with either of them! I feel like Sarah is to mischievous for him and I feel like she’d just wind up breaking his heart. Anastasia is a better choice but I can’t really visualize them interacting. But… I’m going to go ahead and ship him with Anya for this one!

ROUND TWO:

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I drew Raoul from PHANTOM as my central love triangle character. To complete the love triangle, we’ve got Sisi from ELISABETH and Marian from THE MUSIC MAN.

Ooh… this is interesting. I could see so many different possibilities with both of these pairings but I’m going to have to pick Sisi for this one. I feel like Sisi would really appreciate his kindness and general liveliness. He also wouldn’t, I feel, try to hinder her dreams and wishes. Marian, on the other hand, would probably be really skeptical of Raoul and I think that that would hurt Raoul and their relationship wouldn’t wind up going anywhere and, at best, they might end up being good friends.

ROUND THREE:

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Funnily enough, the next character I drew to be our central character was the Phantom from well… THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. To go with him, we’ve got Cathy Hiatt from THE LAST FIVE YEARS and Lucie from A TALE OF TWO CITIES.

First of all… I don’t want to pair off either of these two with the Phantom. I think that they both can do way better. But… since we’ve got to pick one, I’m kind of torn between the two because they both have different merits. See, with Cathy, she’s a singer/actress so it would make sense for the Phantom and her to have some sort of connection. Lucie, on the other hand, is endlessly kind and I think that she would have compassion on the Phantom. Ah… well, since I have to pick one, I’m going to pick Cathy. I think that the Phantom might be able to help her find success in her career and that would be really nice for her!

ROUND FOUR:

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And would you look at that? Next up… we’ve got Christine Daaé, also from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. To be paired off with her, we’ve got der Tod from ELISABETH and Rudolf, also from ELISABETH.

Oh… ooh…

See, the thing is, I don’t really ship der Tod with anyone other than Sisi. It would take a really specific situation for me to ship anyone with der Tod and Christine doesn’t fit the bill for that. Rudolf, on the other hand, is really sweet and kind. But would I ship him with Christine? I don’t know…. Ordinarily, probably not, but of the two, Rudolf’s the better choice for Christine so I’m going to pick Rudolf!

ROUND FIVE:

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Up next, Alfred from TANZ DER VAMPIRE with either Dolly from HELLO, DOLLY! or Éponine from LES MIZ.

Definitely Éponine for this one! Easy! I think that Alfred’s quite a bit like Marius and that Ép would have no issue falling in love with him. He’s sweet, kind, and a little bit awkward. I also think that Alfred would be able to really fall in love with Éponine as well–he would appreciate all of the things that she’s willing to do for him. They’re both loyal to a fault and I think that they’d be perfect for each other!

ROUND SIX:

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Next up, Marius from LES MIZ. Who should we pair him off with? Well, we’ve got either Lucy Harris from JEKYLL & HYDE or Eurydice from HADESTOWN.

This is really, really tough. I like the idea of both but I’m going to have to pick Eurydice, I think. Eurydice reminds me a little bit more of Cosette than Lucy does and I think that Lucy is very much more of an Éponine-like character and I wouldn’t be surprised if Marius thought of her in much the same way. I think that he and Eurydice would have a really cute relationship though!

ROUND SEVEN:

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For this round, I drew Julia from THE WEDDING SINGER as our main love interest. To go with her we’ve got Orpheus from HADESTOWN and Emanuel Schikaneder from SCHIKANEDER.

Definitely Orpheus. As much as I do love Emanuel, I feel like he would probably cause Julia a fair amount of pain and she’s too precious to suffer that. Orpheus would take good care of her and I think that they’d make a really cute, optimistic couple and it would be so sweet…

ROUND EIGHT:

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Up next, we’ve got the very flamboyant Graf von Krolock from TANZ DER VAMPIRE and with him, I’ve drawn Eleonore from SCHIKANEDER and Cinderella from Roders and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.

Umm… can I pick neither? I don’t think that either would fare well with the Count… but if one did catch his attention, I feel like it would be more likely to be Cinderella. I don’t particularly want to ship it, but since I’ve got to pick one or the other… Cinderella it is.

ROUND NINE:

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Next, we’ve got Cosette from LES MIZ as our main ‘gal and with her I’ve drawn Franz Joseph from ELISABETH and Harold Hill from THE MUSIC MAN.

Oh boy. I don’t like either of these! I’d feel bad for Cosette if she’d have to deal with Harold. I feel like she would end up being conned by him and she wouldn’t even really notice it until it happened because she is so sweet and trusting. She would be heartbroken when it finally made sense though. Franz Joseph, on the other hand, is a more-or-less good guy but I’m unsure how Cosette would like being subject to his mother, Sophie’s tyrannical ways. Then again, Cosette is a little more reigned-in than Sisi so maybe Sophie would approve more? If not, though, Cosette is unlikely to stand up and fight against her like Sisi did, I think. All the same, I think that I’m going to have to ship her with Franz Joseph. I think that they could make it work.

ROUND TEN:

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And, for our last round, I drew Elphaba from WICKED as our main character. For her love interests I drew Pippin from PIPPIN and Mr. Vandergelder from HELLO, DOLLY!.

Easy, we’re going with Pippin on this one. I don’t think that Elphaba would want to deal with Vandergelder for one moment and I don’t think he’d want to deal with her either. It’d be a mess. Pippin and Elphie, on the other hand, I feel are very similar characters. They both want to figure out just where they belong and how they fit into the world they’ve been thrown into. I feel like they’d be a really cute, sweet couple!


What are your favorite love triangles that resulted from this? Vielen Dank und tschüss!