ACT ONE SCENE TEN

THE ROOF OF THE OPERA HOUSE (A statue of 'La Victoire Ailee' - the same as that which tops the proscenium. It is twilight. CHRISTINE and RAOUL rush on)

RAOUL Why have you brought us here?

CHRISTINE Don't take me back there!

RAOUL We must return!

CHRISTINE He'll kill me!

RAOUL Be still now ...

CHRISTINE His eyes will find me there!

RAOUL Christine, don't say that ...

CHRISTINE Those eyes that burn!

RAOUL Don't even think it ...

CHRlSTlNE And if he has to kill a thousand men -

RAOUL Forget this waking nightmare ...

CHRISTINE The Phantom of the Opera will kill ...

RAOUL This phantom is a fable ... Believe me ...

CHRISTINE ... and kill again!

RAOUL There is no Phantom of the Opera ...

CHRISTINE My God, who is this man ...

RAOUL My God, who is this man ...

CHRISTINE ... who hunts to kill ...?

RAOUL ... this mask of death ...?

CHRISTINE I can't escape from him ...

RAOUL Whose is this voice you hear ...

CHRISTINE ... I never will!

RAOUL ... with every breath ...?

BOTH And in this labyrinth, where night is blind the Phantom of the Opera is here: inside your/my mind ...

RAOUL There is no Phantom of the Opera ...

CHRISTINE Raoul, I've been there - to his world of unending night ... To a world where the daylight dissolves into darkness ... darkness ...

Raoul, I've seen him! Can I ever forget that sight? Can I ever escape from that face? So distorted, deformed, it was hardly a face, in that darkness ... darkness ...

(trancelike, then becoming more and more ecstatic)

But his voice filled my spirit with a strange, sweet sound ... In that night there was music in my mind ... And through music my soul began to soar! And I heard as I'd never heard before ...

RAOUL What you heard was a dream and nothing more ...

CHRISTINE Yet in his eyes all the sadness of the world ... Those pleading eyes, that both threaten and adore ...

RAOUL (comforting) Christine ... Christine ...

PHANTOM (unseen, a ghostly echo of RAOUL's words) Christine ...

CHRISTINE What was that?

(A moment, as their eyes meet. The mood changes.)

RAOUL No more talk of darkness, Forget these wide-eyed fears. I'm here, nothing can harm you - my words will warm and calm you.

Let me be your freedom, let daylight dry -your tears. I'm here, with you, beside you, to guard you and to guide you ...

CHRISTINE Say you love me every waking moment, turn my head with talk of summertime ...

Say you need me with you, now and always ... promise me that all you say is true - that's all I ask of you ...

RAOUL Let me be your shelter, let me be your light. You're safe: No-one will find you your fears are far behind you ...

CHRISTINE All I want is freedom, a world with no more night ... and you always beside me to hold me and to hide me ...

RAOUL Then say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime ... Iet me lead you from your solitude ...

Say you need me with you here, beside you ... anywhere you go, let me go too - Christine, that's all I ask of you ...

CHRISTINE Say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime ... say the word and I will follow you ...

BOTH Share each day with me, each night, each morning ...

CHRISTINE Say you love me ...

RAOUL You know I do ...

BOTH Love me - that's all I ask of you ...

(They kiss)

Anywhere you go let me go too ... Love me - that's all I ask of you ...

(CHRISTINE starts from her reverie)

CHRISTINE I must go - they'll wonder where I am ... wait for me, Raoul!

RAOUL Christine, I love you!

CHRISTINE Order your fine horses! Be with them at the door!

RAOUL And soon you'll be beside me!

CHRISTINE You'll guard me, and you'll guide me ...

(They hurry off. The PHANTOM emerges from behind the statue)

PHANTOM I gave you my music ... made your song take wing ... and now, how you've repaid me: denied me and betrayed me ... He was bound to love you when he heard you sing ...

Christine ... Christine ...

RAOUL/CHRISTINE (offstage) Say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime ... say the word and I will follow you ...

Share each day with me, each night, each morning ...

PHANTOM You will curse the day you did not do all that the Phantom asked of you ...!

(As the roof of the opera house disappears, the opera curtain closes and the PRINCIPALS in 'Il Muto' appear through it for their bows, CHRISTINE conspicuously dressed in CARLOTTA'S costume. simultaneously, we hear the maniacal laughter of the PHANTOM and see him high above the stage, perilously rocking the chandelier. The lights of the chandelier begin flickering and, at a great cry from him, it descends, swinging more and more madly over the orchestra pit)

PHANTOM Go! !

(The chandelier falls to the stage at CHRISTINE'S feet)

END OF ACT 1

 

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