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Les Miserables, by Boublil & Shoenberg
These are high school students?
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Les Miserables has always been one of my favorite shows, and the first time I ever saw it in the school edition was at Brookwood High School. It was wonderful there and I was awed by the talent there. Seeing the show last night, however, can compare to seeing it on Broadway. The set was spectacular, and I couldn't believe the tech crew with one adult and 15 or so high school kids could put that together. The orchestra was great, although at times it overpowered some of the singers on stage. But most of all, there were the actors. These high school students were incredible.

After the show was over, I asked myself, Were these high school kids? Such spectacular standouts were Alex Enquist as Jean Val Jean. I was skeptical at the beginning of the prologue, he just seemed so small! But his energy and honesty on stage made his character come out, and I saw not a student, but Jean Val Jean. The director knew what she was doing by casting the boy with incredible talent!

I dreamed a dream, Fantine's song (played by Stephanie Friedman) was beautiful. Fantine's death was haunting. Broadway, watch out! Cosette(played by Rebecca Kuck), had one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard from anyone, on or off broadway. She has a bright future ahead of her. She was one of the few characters that I could understand every word she said. A Heart full of love, with Marius, played by Zach Safford, Cosette, and Eponine, played by Jessica Marks was one of the best I'd ever seen. Marius and Cosette had such incredible stage chemistry, I hope that these two will do more shows playing opposite each other.

Eponine, was incredible, and her unrequited love brought tears to my eyes. She has such intensity on stage that makes all eyes go to her whenever she goes on stage. Her death sent chills all over my body. Her voice was beautiful, and she was perfect for the part. Unfortunately, her mic did have a few problems, which made it difficult to hear her at times. She did great though!

I must say though, that my favorite was Madame Thenardier, played by Amber Moorer. Everytime she was onstage, I was crying from laughing so hard! She was incredibly witty and just made you feel comforterable and at ease when she was onstage, because she had such incredible stage presence. Her voice was beautiful, which I could tell even though she adjusted it to fit her character. She is the best Madame Thenardier I have ever seen, on Broadway and off.

All in all, kudos and bravo to the entire cast. I still cannot believe that the show was as good as it was, considering the age of the entire cast. I was incredibly impressed by this show and I hope to see just as many good shows at North Springs in the future.

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