Once upon a time, I played Eponine in Les Miserables.
For three months, this show has been the most exciting part of my life. Really, this is one of the greatest things that's ever happened to me. It's not every day that a dream like this comes true. And that's what this has been-- a dream come true. It's always been a dream of mine to be in a musical, period. Then when I started to love Les Mis so much, I dreamed of one day being a part of it. But to play Eponine....!!!! That was the greatest part. I am so happy and so blessed and so absolutely thrilled that I've gotten the opportunity to do this, because it's what I've always wanted to do. Three months of rehearsals, twelve shows, and I had the time of my life. And now...
It's all over. The end.
I'm feeling pretty sad about it, of course. The word most people around me have been referring to the wrapping up of the show as is 'bittersweet', which I guess is fitting. There is a small part of me that feels relieved to have my evenings at home back, and more time to think and concentrate on other things (like, um, writing for one) instead of having the show on my mind ALL the time. But it sure is going to be hard to get back into a normal routine after all the excitement of the past few weeks. I've dreamed the dream and now it's over. I may never have the chance to be in Les Miserables again. I may never see some of the people I worked with again. *sniffle* And I will no longer be Eponine.
But no, I'll always be Eponine. :-)
This has been an experience that I will always remember. Forever and always. It hasn't been all fun and happy the whole way-- no sir. It's been work. I remember during the second month of rehearsals, there was a time when I wasn't feeling too good about the whole thing-- about my acting, and about being around so many people all the time. (I'm a very staunch introvert, and often people and I don't mix well.) My confidence in my singing ability even wavered slightly. (And people, that NEVER happens. When Emma starts doubting her singing, you know things are going down.) But that's all been part of the journey. It's definitely been a learning experience, as well as an oh-my-goodness-this-is-everything-I've-ever-wanted-now-I-can-die-in-peace sort of thing. The Lord has used this season of my life to teach me several things about myself, about how He works through us, and about other people and my relation to them. So no, it hasn't by any means been easy. But it's been worth it. Oh my goodness, has it been worth it.
So now that it's all over, I am now going through the inevitable listless, dreary drudgery known as post-musical depression. Tough stuff, people. The best cure for that, I've found, is books, popcorn, laughter, and Dr. Quinn. ;-P
Of course I can't describe just what a tremendous thing it was, much as I would like to. I don't have the words (nor the time) for that. But here's a glimpse of what being in Les Miserables was like for me.
|The Eponines-- big and little (although here she's in her costume for the beggars)|
|Me and little Cosette|
Being in Les Mis was interesting. VERY interesting. If you know me well, you know that I like to observe people. I met so many unique and talented people, and became good friends with some of them. I may not be the most socially adept person, and it is true that people exhaust me (hey, I'm not gonna lie ;-P), but I certainly find them interesting. It's the writer in me. :-)
|Gavroche photo-bombing our picture ;-P|
|Mary and Me :-)|
Being in Les Mis was amazing. Completely and utterly awesome. And I've come through it all with a newfound knowledge of musical theatre, the acting world, and with every single stinkin' line of the show memorized. No joke. It's pretty awesome, but it can get annoying when the music is running through your mind literally ALL the time and at night when you're trying to go to sleep and all you can think about is "Valjean, at last, we see each other plain....M'sieur le Mayor, you wear a different cha-ain..." :-)
If you've never been in a musical before, you cannot possibly know the thrill of pure joy that occurs when you're standing on the barricade at the very end of the show, singing with the entire cast the words "It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes!" , and the curtain lowers on you as the crowd erupts in cheering and applause. It was an entirely new sensation to me, and one that I hope I will get to experience again. I guess I've been bit by the theater bug, you could say. ;-P
Then there's also that wonderful feeling of accomplishment when you come out to take your bow and the audience cheers wildly for you. Wow. Another something I will never forget.
|Eponine taking her bow :-)|
Big long post with lots more pictures from the show coming soon! :-)
And now, in the words of Jean Valjean: another story must begin.