Every theatregoer has their own story about what and who turned them on to theatre. For me, growing up in the United States, it all started with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Years later, after moving to London, I got to meet him and work for his company, the Really Useful Group.

This video blog – using my still very fledgling filming and editing skills (please bear with me)! – tells the story of my family and our first Phantom of the Opera experience, involving Michael Crawford, food poisoning, embarrassment on Rodeo Drive and the problem with ticket touts.

What’s your theatre bug story? Please tell me below or tweet me @TerriPaddock.