The Trifecta prompt is the third definition of the word – Boo:
3 (verb) to show dislike or disapproval of someone or something by shouting “Boo” slowly. (from The Merriam-Webster online dictionary).
The piece is to be written in between 33 and 333 words, using the word precisely as stated.
The day had been long in coming, many had bought their tickets months before, now here it was opening night!
Halloween had been a considered perfect night to open the season with this particular piece: “The Phantom of the Opera“. The audience as requested appeared in costume. A general air of festive good humor had been building up over the week due to the publicity campaign that had invaded the newspapers and the local television networks.
Unfortunately, the main protagonist, soprano Julia Marconi had a cold. Her understudy accepting a gig as lead singer in another part of town and had pulled out at the last-minute. Julia had no choice but to try to do her best…the show must go on!
As she began to sing a chill began to build up over the theater. She just couldn’t reach the high notes.
Half way through the first song, it began, someone in the audience decided to express his disapproval:
“Boo!” long, low and insistent, followed by a chorus of boos throughout the theater.
It was interesting to note that the gentleman who’d set off the chorus wore a Phantom of the Opera costume. He mysteriously disappeared into thin air once the chorus of boos began, creating consternation in those who’d been sitting near him.
(Word Count: 214)