ratings are based on a 5 star scale unless otherwise noted.
Review by Jeff Phillips
It was pretty cool, but I think that Emily
Jones is a little bit too talkative. All in all, I think
that Volume 52 is WAY better than 51. Whit is doing a WAY
better job, but I think his voice should be a little bit
Review by Eugene's Uke
This episode was interesting, but it wasn't
the best. I am getting tired of Matthew Parker. And Emily
Jones seems like a "know-it-all"; she is way too bossy. The
ending was silly and disappointing-what actor would really
use a school like that to get himself a big break?, Other
than that, the episode was pretty good. :-)
Review by Luke
Things I Liked:
I LOVED Mr. Stolfitz's voice. It was
awesome! (Until the end, when his voice changed and
sounded more like Captain Absolutely)
I'm glad Priscilla is back. (Her voice
sounds familiar, but I can't think of who it sounds
like. Maybe someone from youth camp.)
There were a few parts in this episode
that were funny, and made me laugh, such as the Ichabod
Jay's first part in the episode was
pretty funny. He sounded very villain-like.
Barrett has really matured since his
first episode, "Game For a Mystery." His voice isn't as
squeaky and whiny. (His voice sounds kind of like
Matthew's, while Emily's voice sounds like Priscilla's.)
It was dumb that Emily was the only brave
person in the episode, however, I didn't mind her as
much in this episode. She, also in part of the episode,
reminded me of a girl I know, named Angela. Her voice
also reminded me of Julie's voice, during a part of the
Things I Disliked:
Everyone was scared of the "phantom"
except for Emily. I mean really, like pre-teen boys are
going to let a girl do something that they won't do. And
what about the teacher. She should be the one calming
the kids, and reassuring them that their's no such thing
as ghosts, monsters, and phantoms.
Isn't it kind of weird for Matthew to be
hanging out with Emily all the time? He really needs to
find some friends who are boys.
Barrett's song "Twenty-two Trombones"
sounded kind of like a VeggieTales song. There was also
a Thomas the Train Engine accent to Barrett's voice
during part of this song.
I wondered, while listening to this
episode, how Emily knew Jay's number. It's just kind of
weird for her to have the phone number of one of the
I noticed that, instead of saying Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jay said Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hydelberg. I thought of the VeggieTales video, the
knock-off of Dr. Jekyll, named something like Mr. Jekyll
and Dr. Who.
I also noticed that nobody could say
Stolfitz's name except for Jay.
It was kind of weird when Matthew said
that a certain pet shop was a good place because they
sold hamsters. Hamsters make a good pet shop? Maybe it
was the same place where Connie's room-mate got her beta
fish, kerplunk. J (Best of Enemies)
I'll give this episode 3 of 5 stars.
Review by jennifertwt (Town
This episode was definitely better than
Wooton's Broken Pencil Show. I thought it was pretty good
until the end. The ending was kind of lame. Still looking
forward to Christmas and Thanksgiving episodes. They will
determine how quickly I purchase this album.
Review by Marvin D. (Town
(out of 10)
I sort of had hoped that
Matthew would have narrated the case instead of Emily, as
she did in Game for a Mystery. It would have provided a
different twist for the episode. When Emily called the
mystery, "The Mystery of the Phantom Opera of the School
Play" and decided that it was too long, and then shortened
it down to "Stage Fright", I found it frank. I like her
Jay's role as 'the bad guy' in
the beginning was rather funny, though I think his repeating
of "Rue the day!" was just a little spooky. His laugh could
use some improvements.
Mr. Stolfitz's voice was so
familiar, that I couldn't figure out who it was, until I
looked it up on AIOWiki. I knew he sounded like somebody I
knew, namely, Bennett Charles.
Miss Adelaide sounded a lot
like Mrs. Nietchew, but I don't think the way she acted in
getting rid of all of the students because she was scared of
the phantom too was realistic. I had expected her to not be
As for the mystery itself, I realized quickly that it
couldn't be Jay directly causing all of the problems. Right
after we heard the phantom interrupt the play, I knew that
it had to be someone—or something—else causing it. After
Matthew and Emily caught Jay, that only reinforced my
thinking. I knew for certain then that it was something
else. Jay wouldn't be that stupid and say "Rue the day," and
then cause that. And after Emily finds the real culprit and
exposes the parrot, I also knew then that it couldn't be
just the parrot, but it had to be insert name doing it on
purpose. And after he explained what it was all about, that
was probably the lamest part of the whole show. C'mon
peoples, add some more realism. It reminded me of The
Mystery at Tin Flat. And of course, everything goes back to
how it was supposed to go, and they all live happily ever
after...maybe. And on a side note, when Matthew says to
Emily that all their mysteries are connected to animals (the
crow stealing Barrett's Verminoids). So that means, if we're
realistic, this is only the second mystery they've done.
Hmm....overall, I think this
episode gets a 7.5/10 stars. And I only have one more thing
to say. RUE THE DAY!
Review by Laura Ingalls
(Town of Odyssey)
I enjoyed this episode - it
had some good laughs. Rue the day!!!!
Review by V-lady (Town of
I was hoping for a cool
theatrical and spooky mystery. But almost as soon as it
started, I knew I was going to be disappointed. I felt like
there was barely any time to actually get into the mystery.
There were a bunch of crazy lines, then all the sudden the
mystery is solved and the episode is over. And it wasn't
even a good ending. The whole thing just seemed childish and
cheesy to me.
One of the main things I disliked was the narration.
Narrations of this style are usually only enjoyable when the
character narrating adds humorous commentary throughout.
Emily did not. For an example of the way I enjoy episodes to
be narrated, take "Heatwave". Was Jack one of my favorite
kid characters? No. But I still get a good laugh whenever I
hear it. Why? Because of the way the show was executed and
Jack and Oscar's hilarious commentary.
Unlike many of the old kid characters, Emily and Matthew
just don't play that well off of each other to me. Most of
the time it's just Emily telling Matthew what to do, and
Matthew feebly responding back to her.
To be honest, none of the characters in this episode really
wowed me with their performance. Even Jay, who was the only
one that made me laugh, seemed uninteresting by the end. I
just couldn't get into it.
Aaand..I could say more, but I'm getting tired of bashing a
show that I really do normally enjoy.
Perhaps this was just one of the episodes made to remind us
that the age range is from 8-12.
I'd rate it 2.5/5. Not the worst ever, but far from being
Review by JesusFreak777
(Town of Odyssey)
I personally thought this
episode was hilarious. They packed so many spoofs of
Broadway productions into it that I was almost rolling on
the floor laughing. I Loved the references to the Pirates of
Penzance, the overal spoof of The Phantom of the Opera as
well as the Music Man. It was great!
Review by Shennifer (Town
I enjoyed this episode, and
hearing the spoofs of other plays. And I was surprised by
the ending, which is always good because it didn't seem
Overall, a great episode! 4/5
Review by Sapphire (Town of
Very nice episode. I gave it
four stars out of five. Rue the day!
Review by takeitfromthetop (Town of
(out of 10)
ok I really liked this
episode. what I liked about it was I thought it was pretty
funny and I did expect that that weird guy was going to be
the bad guy but I didn't expect that he did it because of
Broadway. I thought Barett and Priscilla did a good job in
this episode. but for some reason Priscilla's voice just
doesen't sound the same as it did in album 51. her voice
sounded a little more Tomboyish here. I enjoyed the ending
when they were talking about animals and the only mystery
they have had that DOESEN'T have an animal involved is
square one. this episode was very interesting and it caught
my attention. I hoped we would know who owned the harliquein
theater after this but I guess not unless I missed somthing.
altogether I would give this episode 9/10 stars. it was very
interesting and different then I thought it would be!
Review by Catspaw (Town of
I thought that the bad guy was probably the
theatre guy, though I also had no idea why. I enjoyed this
episode overall - it was fun and I like light-hearted
mysteries sometimes. Emily can be a tad annoying at times,
but that's just the way the character is. I think a lot of
people know somebody who thinks they know everything and/or
likes to figure things out (a.k.a. are nosy). I was hoping
that the teacher would take more of a stand against the fear
of the phantom, but that was just a minor thing.
Timeless classic? Not so much. Fun to listen to now and
Review by 31899 (Town of
This was an okay episode although the episode
seemed really fast paste for AIO, I really don't have much
to say about this episode. Maybe I should listen to it
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