A Study Guide for The Phantom of the Opera

Immerse yourself in the beautiful, twisted world of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. A detailed lesson plan provides important details about the writing, stagecraft, music, and literary elements of the famous musical, as well as thought-provoking discussion questions and a short plot summary.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Plan your lessons around a trip to see the musical on stage, or a viewing of any (or multiple) film versions
  • Compare your class's recent reading of Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux to a viewing of the musical on stage
  • Select specific discussion questions for a Socratic or fishbowl discussion, in which the class observes a small group talking about their opinions with evidence from the text
Classroom Considerations

  • Appropriate for language arts or a theater class
  • Lesson was published in 2006, so the listed revenue figures won't be accurate
Pros

  • A strong companion to seeing the musical on stage
  • Provides auxiliary materials and reference sheets for many aspects of the production
  • Includes ideas for extension projects, including writing prompts and research opportunities
Cons

  • None