Thursday, May 19, 2011
When Max told me his school was going to be putting on a production of Les Mis, I was really surprised, and a little bit skeptical. I wondered how in the world a high school could pull it off.
Then when he auditioned to play in the pit orchestra and became the only cellist, I wondered how in the world he would manage the crazy schedule of being at school until 10:00 p.m. or later, all while taking driver's ed. and having to be at school at 6:00 a.m.!
His schedule was indeed difficult, and he fell asleep in quite a few strange places/positions, but it was all worth it in the end because he had such a wonderful time – and the show ended up being truly impressive.
We all went to see it on Friday night. I didn't know if Eva would make it through the whole three hours, but she loved it! (She fell asleep on my lap for a bit after intermission and was disturbed to discover she had missed the wedding scene.) Lucas really enjoyed it as well, despite his professed dislike of musicals.
I was really impressed with the cast and the caliber of their performance. I don't think my high school could have done it! We had several good singers, but probably not enough to outfit this huge cast.
I hadn't seen Les Mis or even heard the music in many years, but it all came right back to me as I watched. Marc and I found ourselves humming along and singing these familiar songs long after the show was over.
During the finale, I remembered how much fun it is to be part of something big. It is a great play, and I'm so glad Max had the opportunity to participate!