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Prom Trek IV: The Phantom of the Prom

Let me first note that insomnia is TEH SUCK!! Okay, done now.

Once upon a time, tzikeh, amilyn, taraljc, and a number of other Chicagoland fen decided that opening night of the next Star Trek movie was an occasion equivalent to, if not exceeding, the significance to non-geeks of one's prom. With that in mind, they dressed to the nines, hit the theater in a small mob, and had a marvelous time. So marvelous, in fact, that the event was repeated with Prom Trek II: Prom, James Prom, and Prom Trek III: The Prom is Out There. (I think I've got them all listed, yes? I want to have my sequel number right. *g*)

Having checked the official site and confirmed that yes, Chicago is among the "select cities" where the long-awaited movie version of The Phantom of the Opera opens on December 22 of this year, I propose that it's high time we revive this tradition.

I had grand plans of finally making that bustle dress out of the amazing rose silk my mom gave me some five years ago, but once again this has been thwarted by people paying me to make something else. *wry g* However, I probably am going to rustle up something resembling an appropriate costume, just 'cause that's who I am.

This does not mean that everyone who wants to come and play must wear something period-appropriate. (I am thinking it might be cool if everyone has a mask, in honor of the "Masquerade" sequence, but the time to acquire such things easily and on insane sale was, y'know, a month ago.) I think we'll present quite the impressive phalanx if we simply all have some form of formal attire. That's the first of the two extra days I'm taking off before Christmas, so gathering at my place ahead of time is a strong possibilty.

Ladies, you say you don't have a formal dress? Hit your local Salvation Army (or mine, if yours isn't suitably stocked), and solve that problem for under $20, and probably under $15. We could even do a group shopping trip this weekend or in two weeks (I'll be in Columbus next weekend). Gents, if you don't have an interview suit (or don't want to wear it), you might be able to score at the thrift store too. Or there's always the tried-and-true rental option, tho that's a little pricier. I'm sure we can figure something out.

The experience can't be complete without a nice (but not necessarily extravagant) dinner out. At least for those whose schedules allow; others can meet us at the theater. Showtimes and theaters aren't listed yet, but I'll keep an eye out, and present options to everyone who pipes up as interested. (And yes, feel free to pass this on to non-LJ friends, and have them email me at valerie at wiliqueen dot com.)

So, local looneys, what say you?


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Dec. 3rd, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)
Must. Find. Babysitter!
Dec. 3rd, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
Dec. 3rd, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
I think I may just ditch my husband with the kid on this one. :)
Dec. 3rd, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC)
Has a place been decided? Because I think downtown Chicago may be too far to go, unfortunately.
Dec. 13th, 2004 06:48 am (UTC)
It hasn't been decided, and we're in a bit of quandary, since it's not physically possible for neonhummingbird to make it out here. :-/ Still trying to get info on what the options even are.
Dec. 5th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
Hey...go see possible offer here.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 05:18 am (UTC)
Out of town, m'dear. But I want pictures. ;)

(When we saw the promo, fifth of nothing, even my mother commented that she wasn't sure the guy playing the Phantom had a strong enough voice. Should be interesting. I do have to say the production looks beautiful, and the effects when the chandelier is raised are stunning.)
Dec. 3rd, 2004 06:33 am (UTC)
Out of town, m'dear. But I want pictures. ;)

Count on it.

even my mother commented that she wasn't sure the guy playing the Phantom had a strong enough voice.

Haven't heard a note of the singing yet, not entirely sure I want to before The Day. I've only seen the teaser trailer from late in the summer, with a bunch of extremely fleeting images over the entr'acte music.

The entirety of my knowledge of Butler at this point is that he was one helluva thudworthy Dracula (I didn't see D2K three times in the theater 'cause I thought it was great art, altho it didn't suck), and a decent Attila in spite of being a deeply bizarre choice in ethnic terms.

If nothing else, based on the above, I expect his physical work -- which, to my mind, is almost more important than the singing for that role (I know, heresy -- to be dead-on.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, I need the voice. Because of my own tendencies, the only way I've ever bought the show is if the Phantom is hyp-mo-tizing and seducing Christine with his voice. I rather wave my hand at the physical stuff. :)

I'll see it anyway. But the voice will make or break my buy-in (especially since the guy playing Raoul looks like he's even less straight than, say, Nathan Lane, so I can't even hang on to that relationship...).
Dec. 3rd, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, I need the voice. Because of my own tendencies,

I need both pretty equally.

(especially since the guy playing Raoul looks like he's even less straight than, say, Nathan Lane, so I can't even hang on to that relationship...).

Word. I've never hung onto that relationship, actually -- Raoul is so completely incidental for me. I'm all over the part where Christine ultimately does the rescuing, but I've never been able to deal with the girl's taste...
Dec. 3rd, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
fifth of nothing

Out of curiosity, do you know where you picked up this usage of this phrase? I just did a Google search, and the only result that wasn't "a fifth of nothing is still nothing" was a now-defunct somethingorother on cageyklio.net/kirby/[something about New York].
Dec. 3rd, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)
somethingorother on cageyklio.net/kirby/[something about New York].

Um, which is to say "Hey, there's one -- oh, she wrote it."
Dec. 3rd, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)

Yeah, I have no idea where I picked up the phrase. I've been saying it for years.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 05:43 am (UTC)
Prom Trek IV: Phantom of the Prom?

I think I may just be back from C'dale. I would LOVE to come. What theater should we look at and whose place should be "home base"?
Dec. 3rd, 2004 06:37 am (UTC)
Prom Trek IV: Phantom of the Prom?

See my subject line. *g*

No listings of where it's going to be yet. Home base depends on who's coming and what kind of space they have. I think your place with the munchkins underfoot would be a bit too chaotic.

Mine is decently sized and non-munchkin-inhabited, but Way Out West. Although it's probably a good bet that it'll be at the nice AMC in Naperville, and that's 15 minutes away.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
*sleep-starved brain go ... *

Dec. 3rd, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
Naperville is reachable by me!
Dec. 3rd, 2004 06:41 am (UTC)
Photos, please?
Dec. 3rd, 2004 06:43 am (UTC)
But of course! :-D
Dec. 3rd, 2004 06:55 am (UTC)
Wee, yay?
I work till 5 that day but could get behind that. Home base near a train would be keen-o-la.

I come visit you tomorrow maybe? Need more sleep. Cable guy not coming now. Hungry. Tired. Bed again sleepy.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
Re: Wee, yay?
Home base near a train would be keen-o-la.

Another bill mine will fit, if we go that route.

I come visit you tomorrow maybe?

Anytime! Just give me a call...
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:09 am (UTC)
If I ask off from Target today or tomorrow, I could be available (they like 2.5-3 weeks notice). I need to turn in my days for picking up/taking back Nathaniel for the holidays anyway. It sounds like great fun! :)

I know I don't have much that would be appropriate (or that would fit right anymore since my nicest dress is pre-Nathaniel and I doubt I could get it altered before then)(and I want something black!)(and I don't have shoes that match it anymore), so a thrift store run would be nice. Where are the best ones locally?
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
Re: cool!
There are two good ones on Roosevelt, a Salvation Army (at Summit, in the strip with the Jewel and Hancock Fabrics), and a CNS (about a block farther west on Roosevelt & across the street).

Alternatively, one of my formals might work for you, but they're all in Columbus, so it'd have to wait until after next weekend. (There's the ballerina-length black strapless with sequined bodice and tulle skirt that irish_horse gave me a few years back...)
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
Re: cool!
The borrowing option would be cool. It's a good thing I brought the shawl Cyndi made me back from Missouri, since it's strapless.

Thanks for the offer. :)
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:44 am (UTC)
Re: cool!
Welcome! :: adds to "bring from Columbus" list ::
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:20 am (UTC)
If I hadn't already 'banked' my last vacation days in my sabbatical fund, I'd be very very tempted to take Dec 23 off so I could join you.

But it's too long a drive to do that and still expect to be anything remotely resembling functional at work the next day.

One of the perils of a job that actually requires me to think. *g*
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
Understood. Let's just say I'm unlikely any time soon to repeat that thing where I went to a downtown midnight showing of Spiderman 2 when I had to work the next day...
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:20 am (UTC)
This sounds like a hoot and a half! Depending on the theater and the timing, I'd love to join you!
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:30 am (UTC)
Yay! I'll keep information updated on phantom_prom as it becomes available.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)
Oh that sounds like so much fun.

With you in spirit from Sacramento.

Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
We'll think of you...
Dec. 3rd, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
Remember me once in awhile, please promise me you'll try.


Now that song is in my head!
Dec. 3rd, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
Had to share the earworm. Was listening on my commute this morning. ;->
Dec. 3rd, 2004 11:12 am (UTC)
I may have to take a small, three or so hour road trip to take part in this...
Dec. 3rd, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
We'd love to have you!
Dec. 3rd, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC)
And heck, I'd finally get another use of those dresses I bought for dances in high school that are still hanging around in my closet.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC)
I know that feeling! :-D
Dec. 3rd, 2004 11:14 am (UTC)
A thought
While eating lunch, I was thinking (a dangerous pasttime, I know) about the mask idea. I haven't made anything in a while, but might try my hand at making one.

Do you know of any decent bead stores around here? I know there is a bead store in Lisle, but I've never gone in...I've just passed it on the way to my brother's place.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 11:19 am (UTC)
Re: A thought
(a dangerous pasttime, I know)

Okay, so the mental soundtrack just switched to Gaston...

Do you know of any decent bead stores around here?

I am utterly lacking in knowledge. I've pretty much only ever gotten them from Hobby Lobby. They have a couple good-sized aisles, but no idea what your standards of "decent" are.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)
Re: A thought
Hobby Lobby is all we had in Cape, which served my purposes well enough.

Decent would be somewhere with a wide selection and decent prices. Maybe that even sells beads by the hank, which I've only found in Utah, though I know they have to exist elsewhere. Being a big city, I am sure there has to be something here. I haven't really done a project large enough to require -that- many beads in a long time, so Hobby Lobby will probably work for this.

Thanks. :)
Dec. 3rd, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
Re: A thought
No problem. There's one on Ogden just east of Cass, and another on Roosevelt...um...can't remember the cross street, but it's in Lombard. The strip is on the right as you go west on Roosevelt, and is actually on the cross street. There's a Jewel and some kind of kids' fun place with "castle" in the name there too. Right next to a Boston Market, which is actually on Roosevelt.

They're probably about equal distances from your office, but the one on Ogden is closer to home.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: A thought
Thanks. :)

I've been right by one of them, then, since I've been to that Jewel on my lunch hour.
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