surely you’ve been wondering about my sims
- The parents of the two sets of twins died
- The twins are all adults now
- Melchior is in the medical career. He has no love interests yet.
- Ilse married a guy. They just had a baby. It’s a ghost. I named him Anatoly. Florence already has the Chess master lifetime wish so idk I feel like I want this kid to be an inventor but maybe he can be a Chess master and an inventor. So far he has eccentric and genius traits.
- Florence is engaged to a woman.
- Vanessa has no career or love interests yet.
- I love when lumpy dog’s ghost comes to hang out.
- The original ghost husband who died— or, well, went back to the netherworld or whatever— showed up as a regular ghost in my house and I was really confused for a moment because I have so many playable ghosts hanging around.
- Seasons is fun.
Masquerade! Take your fill, let the spectacle astound you!
But meanwhile, my dad keeps on pressuring me to open a 401k and I’m like, I have no idea how I even begin to do that and I’m too intimidated to inquire about it.
So I don’t think I’m managing that whole “adulthood” thing yet.
Because I went to college for three years, I graduated last year and am already working while it seems like most people I went to high school with are graduating right about now. For someone who had no idea what she wanted to do with her life in high school, it’s sort of surreal.
Christine’s original Masquerade costume.
At first glance very different from the current Star Princess costume - but not really, if you look closer at it. The corseted, sleeveless bodice with vertical seams, the ruffled V shaped collar and “puffed sleeves”, the knee-length bell shaped skirt, the mask on stick - those are elements kept in the revamped design.
What IS different, though, is how much stiffer the skirt was, with a partly exposed crinoline fundament, and the apron drape in front, and also decorated with pompons throughout. And of course the colours, but that goes without saying…
The accessories are also different - a tricorn hat with feathers, a lace choker, white stockings and white high heeled buckle shoes.
The original dress is referred to as white, but was made of of a shimmering silverish white fabric decorated with white lace and black piping. The costume was, as far as I know, never used other places than the original West End production, and it was in use there until late 1987.
By accident the costume design came my way earlier this year. It was used on a Phantom quilt fabric licensed by RUG. The designs printed on it had gotten new colours, none of them matched Bjørnson’s original design, and this one was featured in yellow with red pompons and red hair. I believe the original would have featured a black and white dress and Christine with brown hair. The design also features elbow length sleeves with engageants, I don’t think this was ever tried out on stage.
1. Claire Moore photographed for the “Costume Bible” in 1986,
2. Steve Barton and Rebecca Caine in 1987,
3. Michael Ball and Rebecca Caine in 1987,
4. Maria Kesselman in 1987,
5. Maria Bjørnson’s costume design from a quilt fabric,
6. Maria Kesselman in 1987,
7. Claire Moore in 1987,
8. Sarah Brightman and Steve Barton in 1986,
9. Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford in 1986.
Tags: i really don’t understand all of the renting metaphor/symbol language in rent but damn if i don’t love thing song they are precious rent musical theatre i’ll cover you angel collins but srsly wtf does mark mean when he says he doesn’t own life he rents it? or emotion or whatever the hell he says who cares i love this show
Think of it in a “life is short” context. You only live for a period of time— you borrow that time, you rent it. You can’t buy and keep love forever, but you can borrow it for a while. And I guess you have to pay for these things, too— for loving people, for feeling things.
That’s how I’ve always interpreted it.
“Own[ing your] emotion” also means… feeling what you’re feeling, you know? Not avoiding it, which both Mark and Roger are ACES at, if I may say so — they both sing that part, after all. :)
That makes sense. I like that.
The last page of Marcus Tylor’s “Phantom of the Opera, The first year backstage” photo catalogue.
Marcus Tylor is today a successful photographer, but he was also Steve Barton’s dresser back in 1986/87 and took amazing backstage photographs of the original Phantom cast and crew. Some of them has been published in the aforementioned catalogue, released in 2007, along with funny anecdotes. He and Barton appears to have had lots of fun.