Friday, 2 December 2016

Deleted Scene: What Lies Beneath the Mask

This is a discovery even for me! Back in one of my earlier drafts of What Lies Beneath the Mask the prologue looked quite different to the one that I deleted anyway! But I thought it would be interesting to share it with you!

What Lies Beneath the Mask released on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January! 






Prologue

The day that John announced that we were participating in a nationwide competition for amateur theatre groups was simultaneously the most exciting and the most devastating day I’d had in a long time. We’d be given a budget so we could actually spend money on decent costumes and staging instead of making do with what we had already, and in exchange, we would be filmed for a TV show that would be aired once the competition was ending. It all sounded great to me until John told us what we’d be performing. The Phantom of the Opera is one of my all-time favourite stories, and I love the West End musical, but there’s only one problem; I can’t sing. I’m not trying to be falsely modest, no one and I do mean no one would want me to sing anywhere near a microphone. So instead I offered my artistic vision to the show. I knew all the songs and I knew exactly how I would stage the show and so I pitched to John, who actually agreed, much to my surprise. Turns out that he doesn’t actually know that much about it: and hasn’t even seen the musical.

Casting was easy, not that I had much say in the matter. My ex, Henry was to be the Phantom and he fit the part well; broad with dark haired and though not unpleasant to look at he wasn’t a stunner. We’d dated for 6 months before he broke it off for reasons completely unknown to me. Despite that things were never weird between us, I’d apparently not been that into him. Meredith got the leading role. She was a complete bitch and hated me for some reason. Though I didn’t like her either I’d never actually done anything bad to her. Then there was Jack. He was new to the group and I certainly wouldn’t mind getting to know him better, I doubt any woman would; tall, blond and clearly in top physical form. I would be perfectly happy with him being my Raoul, a sentiment clearly shared by Meredith who now almost constantly wore a smug look on her face every time he walked into the room.

What Lies Beneath the Mask releases on December 1st! It'll be just $0.99 (or £0.99!) until 1st January!