Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"I shall get my hat. Cheerio!"

If you've hung around the Jane Austen blogging world for long enough, you've probably come across the Pride and Prejudice Duo Speech-- a rather irreverent piece of hilarity (rather pointedly spoofing P&P95) that never fails to make me laugh.  The speech was part of a competition in which students prepare a short interpretation of some pre-existing story (Cheaper by the Dozen is another hilarious one) with minimal costumes, props and physical contact.  The result is usually pretty amazing.

This incredibly clever trio did a condensed version of Phantom of the Opera, complete with way more of the music than I thought could possibly be crammed into ten minutes and fifty-one seconds.

"No more notes, no more ghosts!  The Phantom's gone, hurrah!"


I have to say, this is the cleverest group speech I've seen yet--  what with the use of the hand-mask, the stools that serve as chandelier/candlesticks/boat/falling scenery, the hilarious portrayal of Meg, the censoring (oh my WORD, the censoring!) and the amount of vocal talent on display, et cetera and so forth.  One has to wonder if Red Robin sponsored the forensics competition (heh, heh) and the ending is a bit different from the original musical (not quite as tragically romantic somehow...) but all in all, it's well worth the almost-eleven minutes.  Just watch it.

"All right, shut up.  I wanna sing now."


Catie Dunlap said...

This is hilarious! My favorite version of the show (which I have never seen, btw)! "Music of the Night" was too funny...

Kiri Liz said...


When I first saw this, I reluctantly clicked on it, thinking, "Okey dokey, what teens think they know PotO?" Then I began laughing so hard that I attracted the attention of all my siblings, so they had to watch it from the beginning... twice. It's that good!!! And I thought P&P in ten minutes was hilarious!!

Red Robin! Yuuuummmmmmmmmmm!!!!

Miss Jane Bennet said...

Oh. My. WORD.
THIS WAS HILARIOUS!!! I'm still snicker-snorting and giggling and making my family look at me like I'm crazy with my howls of laughter. Those teens are so clever! And that. quote. THAT QUOTE! :D
I will never be able to listen to POTO again without thinking, "Shut up, I want to sing now."

Elisabeth Grace Foley said...

Oh, my goodness, that's a hoot! Their comic timing is perfect.

Quinlyn said...


Anonymous said...

You're welcome. : )


Anonymous said...

LOVE IT :D That girl actually had a decent voice :)

Miss Melody Muffin said...

I laughed so hard my sides hurt!!! WAY. TOO. FUNNY.

beastsbelle said...

This made my night. Thanks for sharing! :)

Caroline L. said...

I hope these kids won. THEY DESERVE IT. My word! I actually screamed with laughter at "at least she doesn't have CANKLES!" LOL! XD

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Simply hilarious! I love all the randomness thrown in. The Blues Clues "mail time" and especially the "Red Robin, yum!" hehe Thanks so much for posting, I really needed these laughs! :)

Alicia Showalter said...


Garrett Gagnon said...

Wow, thanks for sharing my video! I'm flattered that you wanted to do so. If you don't mind, I'm going to put a link to this blog post in the YouTube description!

Glad everyone is enjoying it so much!

Miss Dashwood said...

Thanks so much for your comment and for creating such a great video! I'm delighted that you linked to this post from the video description. You guys are extremely talented!!

Anonymous said...

Just in case you're interested, here's a link to another trio the two guys in Phantom were in with our other friend.

-Phantom <3

Miss Dashwood said...

*terrified shriek*

Thanks for commenting! The video was hilarious and I now know far more about Twilight than I ever want--er, ever knew before. I'm always pleased when people bash it though. Quite clever and well done!

Miss Elliot said...

I laughed until I cried over the video, even though I've never seen the real PotO. And I really needed it.
*accusing look because she TOOK HIS MASK OFF*
Haha, IT is BEtter than an OP-era!!

Miss Elliot said...

Hey, hey Raoul, umm, I know we're really good friends... and we haven't seen each other in like ten years... but- this is my solo so you should shut up now.

Miss Elliot said...

"Dear Andre, what a charming gala,
Christine enjoyed a great sucess."
"Dear Andre- oh, I'm sorry, I have your mail."
"These are notes, signed O.G., who the--"
"Please, sir!"
"It's..the..Opera Ghost. It's really not amusing.
"He's abusing our position.."
"In addition to what's already-"
"Wait, wait, wait. In case any of you are confused, the PHANTOM is the OPERA GHOST."