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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

FHE: Les Mis

Sorry, folks...once again, there was no official FHE at the Cow household. However, my mother and I went to see a local high school production of Les Miserables, which happens to be my favorite musical. Being a high school production (and having been in several of those myself) I wasn't expecting a whole lot. I'd heard good reviews, my mom wanted to go so I figured, why not?

I won't go into the drama that ensued before the actual curtain went up but I will say that saving seats for people who aren't going to actually show up until minutes before show time should be illegal.

Anyway...

First and foremost, the voice talent was amazing!! Seriously, that statement deserves both exclamation points. The lead actor had such an incredible voice that there was major applause after every song. I got chills during "Bring Him Home." The female lead had a great voice, also, far better than any of the girls in my high school. They even had the revolving stage. The director was very good and from what I understood, had a personal connection to Les Mis and treated it that way. Costumes were great and the set looked cool. And the orchestra...WOW! The orchestra was tremendous!

Now, the bad stuff. The male romantic lead...well, his voice was good but his acting was so bad I wanted to climb on stage and throttle him (also, hint to this guy...when kissing a girl on stage, you don't have to actually kiss her and if you do, please don't make us all listen to it over your microphone...twice). The female romantic lead had a nice voice but a lousy microphone messed it up. And it seemed that anyone who couldn't sing as well was still a part of the ensemble. I don't think they turned anyone away...there were too many kids up there. At times they were falling over each other, shoving and scuffling on stage so much that it detracted from what the principles were doing. And it was just annoying. I felt crowded. There must have been a time crunch because as soon as they finished a scene - or rather, as they were finishing a scene - the kids were coming back on stage to clear away the props. Let the man finish his song and then clear, people!

Overall, it was a superior production. Very impressive for a high school. And some spectacular music.

11 comments:

KWILY said...

Zach and I went and saw it on Tuesday. We heard about the drama on Monday night about saving seats, o they literally loaded us in row by row. Nobody chose where they got to sit. We got some pretty good seats though.

I loved it! It was definitely one of the best high school productions I've seen. Jean ValJean was wonderful. Javert was good, but he hit some bad bad notes. We also liked Eponine. I just loved the music and the orchestra was fantastic.

Amber said...

Sounds like fun! I"m having some serious comment issues so I'll comment here about your fabulous april fool's dinner! Looks great!

Sue said...

I love Les Mis. I always used to pretend I was Eponine. On my owwwwwwwnnnnnnnn....

Debi said...

Hey, I wanted to comment on those CAKES below!! There was no comment spot!! Those were the coolest "cakes" I've ever seen!! Both of them!!! I'm glad you are still blogging :) Oh, and sounded like a good play, too :) Tell your momma hi for me. I know you two had a great time doing those crazy cakes together! :)

Amanda said...

YOU are amazing! I am way too LAZY to go through all that trouble---especially when none of my family would even eat the food!

Jo said...

I am not big on school plays unless my kids are in them. We have years and years worth of video tape of various school productions of my children.
Your april fools joke on your family was amazing! I am wildly impressed!

Nat said...

I knew you wouldn't give up blogging. I loved your April Fool's dinner. I actually made meatloaf cupcakes for my dudes, but I think the whole cake was a great idea! I love Les Mis, but out here in hickville we don't get a lot of plays. We occasionally get a high school play, but they aren't that great due to the lack of talent. I guess the kids here are too involved with FFA to get into the fine arts!

Heather said...

your cake was way better than mine.

Jessica G. said...

Not sure why the comments aren't working on the Fool's Dinner...maybe it's a joke played by Blogger...

Any way, thanks for the compliments! We had a lot of fun (or at least, my mom and I did...the kids were not amused) and hope to do it bigger next year. Anyone have a good April Fool's drink?

And Sue: when I first started going to chat rooms as a silly teenager, my screen name was Eponine! Oh the lameness of those years...

Kristie said...

I loved the April fools dinner and am SO glad that you didn't actually quit your blog! I should see if there are any good plays here...I bet my kids would love it!

Lyn's Musings said...

Love love love Les Mis. I still sing at the top of my lungs to the soundtrack that I have....I love Fontaine's Song....Would love to see more musicals....Really want to see Spamalot!
Remember when we all went to the Les Mis in Ft Worth, that was so much fun!

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