YADA is doing Les Miserables. I am over-the-moon, because we have SUCH a good cast this session. I am in the high school class called Company. This is my fifth Company show. I have done Cabaret, Rent, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Into the Woods. All of them have been amazing experiences. I have grown unimaginably close to my friends in that class. Literally, all of my best friends stemmed out of that class. I love it, because we have such a warm and loving environment, while still being able to move to the next level of professionalism. We get a small taste of what a legit rehearsal process would be like and the shows are always of a much higher caliber. We got some newbies this year and everyone is so talented. We are going to have an AMAZING SHOW.
My bestest friend/brother, Ethan, got Jean Valjean and I am so immeasurably proud of him. He is so talented, and he deserves to be the lead. I knew he was gonna get it, but I still freaked out when I saw the cast list. My other best friend, Allison, got Eponine! I am incredibly happy for them. I literally giggle and clap every time they sing their parts.
Now for Leah time! I got Enjolras! I didn't really know much about him when I got the part but I am super happy. It's so funny. On the way to rehearsal on the day we got our parts, I was telling Ethan how much I love "Red and Black" and then I got Enjolras WHO SINGS THAT SONG. Fancy that! I also love that I get to sing "Do You Hear the People Sing?"
We just learned "At the End of the Day". It's such an awesome song. We get to be all sharp and dramatic with our words and movements. I can't wait until we learn "One Day More" with all the crazy harmonies and round-robins. It is going to sound so great when we get it down pat.
I had the craziest unschooling moment recently involving this show. As you may be aware, Les Miz takes place after the French Revolution and during the June Rebellion. I realized that I knew nothing about that time in history, so I decided to study up on my French history. I perused my old history books from Oakwood and researched Wikipedia. I have a growing research folder where I put my photocopies and printouts.
My mom and I went to lunch and we were discussing different ways that I could immerse myself in the topic. We looked up various history books, novels, French movies, even comics. I felt like I was living the textbook unschooled life at that moment. I felt very accomplished.
I am really excited to learn more about Enjolras, Les Miserables, and just general French history. Come see the show! End of July!
p.s. I read on wikipedia that one of the English translations is called The Wretched Ones, hence the name of this post.