Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Les Miz –Opening Night and Final Bow

The memories are already fading and I try to get it all down before they’re gone. When I reflect back on the journey of being a part of Les Miserables, some very special moments come to mind:
  • ·         The Lovely Ladies...hilarious. I don’t have one of those content warnings on my blog, so I can’t go into detail here…

  • ·         Kristen’s face as she watched her set design get wild applause when the floor of the stage slowly rose and was transformed into the barricade.
  • ·         Carol’s director talk before we went on stage opening night. She had us close our eyes and visualize the character we would be as if looking in the mirror. We were to imagine how they looked, felt about their circumstances, what they dreamed. Then she said to take one step forward into that character. BAM. It was incredible. The next night she gave us a talk about the difficulty of getting energy up after opening night. She had us form a circle (we all automatically held hands) and close our eyes. I sensed the strains of “Kumbaya” in the air. She said there’s only one thing to do, “You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out…” and we all did the Hokey Pokey. And we put our whole selves in. Brilliant.

  • ·         The absolute silence every night when Maddy (Eponine) finished singing “A Little Fall of Rain” and died in Matt’s (Marius) arms. No one ever started to applaud because they were all captured in that moment.

  • ·         True (Javert), Ron (Pimp) and I discussing the fact that there were no divas in the cast. “Yes, there is one diva,” Ron said. True and I looked at him in disbelief. “Who?” I asked. He laughed, “Macy (4-year-old Urchin). When Javert was singing “Stars” Macy, sitting on her mother’s lap on stage, whispered, ‘Mom, why isn’t anyone looking at me?’” That’s as “diva” as it ever got.

  • ·         The students at the barricade. The audience fell in love with them. Joe’s (Lesgles) death fall was so convincing it was scary! Tony’s (Enjolras) picking up the red flag and waving it in defiance right before he was shot and then letting it drape down over him and the barricade was inspired.

  • ·         Every night in the Green Room we watched True (Javert) sing his song of torment until he stood on the top balcony center stage, spread out his arms, belted the last agonizing note and fell backwards to his death ( Javert’s not True’s). Every night we burst into applause and “Huzzahs!” and I threw out my
    arms toward the monitor and yelled, “I love you! I love you!"
  • ·         The hilarious antics of the Thenardiers. George and Jessie created
    characters you disliked andcouldn’t help but love. When they came out in their turquoise costumes in the wedding scene it was epic.
  • ·         Dominic singing “Bring Him Home.” *sob* Amazing. ‘nuff said
  • ·        Standing on stage at the end of the play, the pride welling up inside as each group or character took their bows.

  • Of course the danger here is that there are so many more amazing memories that I haven't mentioned. 



The clarity of my memories may be fading, but the effect this experience had will remain forever. I carry these people in my heart and I cherish the magical journey we shared.

Photos by Robert Nelb

2 comments:

  1. You are truly blessed! What magical moments!

    What a fabulous play! Both epic and unrivaled. I could feel everything you wrote here, as anyone familiar with the play would. Thank you for sharing and giving us a little backstage glimpse!

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    1. Thanks, M.J. Even thought my blog is usually about writers and writing, I couldn't resist committing to memory this awesome journey.

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