the pursuit of quality in a fleeting life

The Bell Curve

(The amazing Pantage Theatre as produced for The Phantom of the Opera, from 3rd row)

It seems that in life, the theory of “The Bell Curve” is everywhere.  Especially present is when we are faced with the trying subject of life.

Recently, I was audience to an amazing performance of Andrew Llyod Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.  The Pantages Theatre was as gorgeous as ever, the stage as dramatic as the costumes, and the crowd as varied as the fish in the sea.  Noteworthy, however, were two more matured women who were seated right behind us.  Inept to the world beyond their hearing aids, their commentary and dialogue intermittently dispersed throughout the show dampered the spotlight placed on stage; however, allowed us to enter another that was just as curious.

What intrigued me the most was not necessarily their pestilent commentary, but the implications of “the bell curve” applied to life.  As a child, we are born with the innocence to environmental awareness.  We say stupid things, act out of context, and possess the most minute awareness of those around us.  Then, we progress from that stage and live the bulk of our lives with astuteness and the observational skills that allow us to mingle with normal civilization.

Eventually, we reach the peak of our lives when we approach the downward curve of life’s bell.  In the case of these two women, it is more important not to dwell on their specific position in their own bell curve, but to focus on a greater theme.  These two women were so endearing in their shared love of theatre, their close-knit relationship that has kept them close through all that they have experienced, and ultimately, the signs of a life well lived.  Their commentary although hard to endured at time was compromised by the joy that they were privy to by attending this show.

The crowd around them did not say anything, they didn’t even pay them attention.  We all simply (and silently) hoped that one day, we can share in the same joy and happiness of the theatre where we can say whatever we want because we deserve to.  Bravo to The Phantom of the Opera and Brava to these two women!!

(The amazing cast)


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