As night descended and the curtain call rang out, we moved into the theatre. Never missing a chance to get dressed up, the theatre is our playground for self-expression! Not usually one to get spooked I was moved to alter my beliefs…
During the day I don’t believe in Ghosts, but at night, I’m a little more open minded
The classic film Ghost has been made into a musical stage show. Lucky for me, it premiered in my home town of Adelaide at the Festival Centre! The most gorgeous thing about a musical adaption of a film is the extent that the creatives behind the scenes can go to. The story, characters and effects are pushed to the limit. Live illusion and magic come into play for our delight and wonder; there is something about witnessing it that makes it all the more incredible. My hat goes off to you Paul Kieve! (The illusion master)
Ok, if you haven’t seen Ghost, here is a spoiler alert for you!
When Sam (Rob Mills) passes away and becomes a ghost, his role in translucent form represents myriad metaphorical complexities in his life with Molly (Jemma Rix) and Carl (Alex Rathgeber). Sam is stuck between two worlds, neither living nor truly ascending to wherever spirits go. He cannot let go due to his unfinished business in the world of the living.
This is the human condition.
A resistance to letting go and becoming unable to move on causes personal ghosts to appear. It allows such negative ghosts to haunt us, as if they are rattling our inner chains and constantly reminding us of their presence. The ghost, in a metaphorical sense, represents memory. When we relive and brood within our memories, our ghosts gain strength. It is only when we come to realisations and acknowledgements that our ghosts dissipate. As Sam does in the musical, it helps to have someone to help you out. For Sam, this person comes in the form of Psychic Oda Mae Brown (Wendy Mae Brown). Sometimes you need someone to guide you, to translate what you are trying to express and to act as support for your getting through whatever you need to. Having someone like Oda Mae in your life no doubt makes the process one filled with laughter, happiness and more beautiful bright memories, than sad ones.
The story of Ghost is one to muse on. It teaches us this lesson in the form of a surreal love story, I don’t know about you, but it is better than learning the hard way by actually meeting one of your ghosts!. Just ask Oda Mae herself…!
Do as Sam does in the end; don’t say Ditto, say the words I love you. Let go and ascend to the higher plain of life, free of ghosts rattling your chains. We can all find a way to move beyond what we need to, to transcend. I’m not saying its easy. Memory is a fickle thing, unfinished business is too. Find your integrity and get lost in the memories that bring a smile to your face, not a haunted feeling to your heart.