To the Barricades, Vol. 13

To the Barricades, Vol. 13

I sit on stage left during the second act of Les Mis, usually on the second step of the ladder going up to the loft in the rehearsal hall.  There aren’t a lot of places to sit with so many cast members and set pieces that need to move on and off stage, and I’m
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To the Barricades, Vol. 12

To the Barricades, Vol. 12

I went and looked at the map of available seats for the first weekend of Les Mis, now just over three weeks away.  This is what opening night (Feb 14) looks like right now. I’m seeing less than 30 seats left.  Now, that being said, the theatre sometimes puts a certain number of seats on
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Quest for connection

Quest for connection

I wasn’t called tonight, to rehearsal.  I had to drop Dylan and Ben off at the college as they were working on one of their scenes.  So I decided, instead of driving all the way back down Franklin, that I would enjoy a coffee at Starbucks and do some work.  Heather has often lauded the
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Twitter time

Twitter time

I recently glanced down at my Twitter profile and noticed that I had hit 20,000 tweets, on the nose.  I was a little surprised that it was so high and stunned that I had actually noticed this milestone. Twitter has been on my mind as I prepare for a short introductory workshop for the social
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To the Barricades, Vol. 11

To the Barricades, Vol. 11

For those of us immersed in the world of Jean Valjean, Javert and the gang of Les Mis, the songs have become an underground river in our minds, always flowing, always changing.  We might be looking at you, engaging in conversation about something or other, but there is a strong likelihood that a soundtrack is
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To the Barricades, Vol. 10

To the Barricades, Vol. 10

There is always a moment, within the arc of a play production, when I have an out of body type of experience and observe with reverence what is happening around me.  I had that moment last night during our run for lights. I was propped up against the wall at the back of the rehearsal
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To the Barricades, Vol. 9

To the Barricades, Vol. 9

We did our first “stumble through” of Les Mis last night.  Two hours and twenty-two minutes (at least, I think that’s was the director said, though he might correct me when he reads this) later, we were in our final pose, belting out the last sustained note in the celebrated musical. “We need to get
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To the Barricades, Vol. 8

To the Barricades, Vol. 8

“The show is officially blocked,” declared director Claude Giroux, after working through all the complicated barricade bits in Act Two last night. For non-theatre folks, “blocking” is the movement and placement of actors through a presentation:  where they enter, where they go when they are in view of the audience, and where they exit.  In
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Channeling John Boy

Channeling John Boy

We did an exercise at Les Mis rehearsals last week that included reflecting on a kindness that was done to us that proved to be a game changer.  As I’ve grown older, and through certain workshops, life experiences and mentors, I’ve learned to trust my instincts when it comes to probing important questions like this
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To the Barricades, Vol. 7

To the Barricades, Vol. 7

I’ve begun listening to the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Mis.  Unlike the film and soundtrack, which have been my companions since I started diving into the show last summer, the concert contains everything, all the connective pieces that are so difficult, yet utterly essential. We are at the stage in the process when we
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