This will be short…

Do you love musicals? Am I only who thinks that these are genuine masterpieces that are penned but literally geniuses? I know I believe that and every time I go to one I fall in love with musicals even more.

Twice, I went to London, and on both occasions, I took the opportunity and went to see musicals that were on my bucket list. The first musical I ever saw was ‘Les Miserables’ which is one of my all-time favourite musicals – as cliche as that might sound and the second one was Phantom of the Opera which again cliche I know but still you can’t really deny that both have a story that is quite fascinating.

In Malta, musical theatre is now picking up, and I am thrilled about that. Malta is boasting with musical talent so why not exploit it. I have been to several musical shows including ‘Sound of Music’ which was breathtakingly beautiful and recently the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ both put up by Grapevine productions if you would like to look them up.

The music played by the orchestra is impressive, and I am in heaven when I get to listen to an orchestra live especially with music that I really like.

The only thing that really bothers me and this is where the rant begins is the issue of clapping. Us Maltese, have to applaud for every single thing – whether a plane just landed, and we show our gratitude to the pilot that didn’t kill us and clapping sarcastically at dangerous drivers on the road amongst many other occasions.

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In London, they kindly ask you not to clap after every single piece… in Malta, we applaud even when they’re singing. I mean okay you have to commend for the talented people on stage, but every single time they finish singing?! Imagine they just finished the theme of the Phantom of the Opera and they start clapping.

I’m like:

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Listen to the music, the dialogue, the voices. I don’t think they really wanted to hear you clapping every single time they finished. The woman sitting next to me thought I was crazy because every time I start complaining.

I applauded them when all the actors/actresses were standing on stage. I think I actually started a standing ovation but none of that matters.

If you’re Maltese and you’re reading this consider this when you’re going to a concert or musical. Rant over – what’s your favourite musical? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay positive, stay you.

Your virtual friend,

Audrey