A VIOLIN that once lived in a music school dreamt playing one day in a musical. “I’m destined for great things”, they violin used to say to the other musical instruments in the school, who, on one hand, held him in great esteem for his talent and fine taste, yet, felt unable to help him pursue his dreams on the other.
“It’s a great opportunity to prove our talent”, the violin tried to persuade them, and added: “so long we find actors with a loud, melodic voice, a scenographer, costumes and bright, colorful scenery”. The other musical instruments, however, ridiculed the idea. “Why don’t we play in a public feast instead?”, the clarinet counter-suggested. Then every musical instrument, one after another, admitted they considered his dream unrealizable and that it made little sense to talk about it, as it was an extremely complex project to materialize.
“I’ll do it all by myself then”, the violin replied and then looked in books to find a suitable musical play. After thorough research, he decided on “The Phantom of the Opera”, a classic masterpiece filled with beautiful scenery and complex musical compositions that he would have a really hard time putting together. Starting with the music and then moving on to directing and choreography which he knew little about, he worked nonstop on how to properly stage the show.
The other musical instruments got really curious, as each and every day from that point on he would lock himself in his room straight away after rehearsals, only to show up again the next day. Strange rumors then appeared, that he remained awake until late at night and rehearsed all by himself, at times using the bathroom mirror to switch between different theatrical roles. Yet every time they asked him, he simply replied that “he was preparing something big”, without getting into any details. So, the days passed, and nobody really understood what he was up to.
They got the answers they were looking for, however, when one day a pipe organ knocked on the music school door. “Hello. I heard that a rising star wants to direct the Phantom of the Opera and thought of auditioning”, he said. A cello, a harm and a trombone followed, all with the same goal in mind.
Filled with curiosity as to what the violin was up to, the musical instruments of the school sneaked into his room while he was away for lunch. The sight left them speechless: the violin had filled the room with shiny clothes, well-sewn costumes, masks as well as elaborate stage decorations. Music sheets with the score of the famous musical play were pinned all over the walls, along with detailed directing plans and notes on how the actors were to move on stage. Luxurious invitations made of only the finest paper and tied with red ribbons were to be found on the table: “It would be an honor to have you attend my first musical as a theater director”, read the golden letters that were engraved on their top.
The next days, the violin handed over invitations to them, and announced them his intention to stage a musical show in the school. “We might have made a big mistake”, they whispered to one another, yet the clarinet still found it hard to believe the violin had staged a musical all by himself.
When the big day came, the musical instruments sat on their chairs and patiently waited to see the show and be the judges. Only a few minutes into it and they burst into applause: the violin had staged a musical show that was a true masterpiece, filled with sweet melodies, extravagant lighting effects and a choreography so beautiful that they couldn’t believe their eyes. The final result looked so complex that they couldn’t help but wonder how he had managed to conceive so much detail.
“I would like to thank all those who believed in me, but even more I would like to thank those whose doubts pushed me to succeed”, the violin said at the end of the show. Unable to believe their own eyes, the rest of the musical instruments simply clapped their hands with their mouths open.
Rumor has it that many years later the violin became such a great theater director that his musicals were staged in biggest scenes of London and Broadway Theater in New York.