Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lake City presents Les Miserables!

Last March, my friend convinced me to go with her to an audition of Les Miserables. I have never auditioned before and was scared to death, but decided it was on my bucket list to try out for a musical and if not then - when?
My first impression of the playhouse was a little was 160 seats small. I had no idea what to expect. My veteran friends tried to give me any tips they had about their past experiences in theater. When the director called my name to go up on stage and sing, my heart pounded and as I walked up the steps to the stage...I tripped...I caught myself and tried to cover my embarrassment with a Jennifer Lawrence-esque laugh. I was humiliated, but after assuring them that I was ok, I went on with my audition. It was NOT my best. I was nervous, embarrassed, but I did it. To my astonishment the director told me that he wanted me for sure! 

At my first music rehearsal- I was taken aback by how much talent my fellow cast had! I was honored, humbled and felt out of my league. I looked forward to every rehearsal - how could I not? The music was inspiring and beautiful and I was getting to know some amazing people that I would never have met otherwise.

Over the months that followed, I learned theater terms, the "magic" that happens backstage as far as set pieces, props and actor traffic. I fed off the talent that surrounded me and I like to feel that it raised my level of performance.

Below are just a few pictures of our cast and just a "few" of the people who came to support me. 

I was amazed by the transformation of the stage into our beautiful set. The behind-the-scenes artists were amazing.
 I grew to LOVE my ensemble women! Tiffany, Aubree, Jennifer, Sarah, Kim, Chelsea, Kalla, Mariah and Torey taught me so much. We laughed and cried together. I was also privileged to work with a couple of the youth, Olivia and Belle. Such amazing talent in little bodies!!
 I am so so thankful for all the friends who came to support me and our show. I wish I had pictures of all of you. It was an amazing experience that I hope to participate in again. Thank you for coming and I hope you enjoyed the show!