I saw Les Miserables in the theater today for the first time. And wow, it was amazing!
I first started to love the theater when I was in high school – I led my school’s sound team. We controlled the microphones, sound effects and any pre-recorded music. I even selected the music for our production of “A Midsummer’s Nights Dream: The 60’s” – yes it was a hippy version! Being a part of the drama club was the most rewarding experience of high school, hands down.
From this experience, I was able to appreciate just how much work needs to go into a production to make it successful. Everything from organizing 30+ talented performers and an entire orchestra to handling lighting, sound, set and costumes – it’s a massive endeavor requiring countless people on-stage and behind the scenes. But, after seeing Les Miserables tonight, I have a much more profound appreciation for the original creation of these works of art. I can’t imagine anything more demanding of a cohesive creative vision than the creation of a musical.
Creating a theatrical production seems like one of the most demanding creative undertakings – not only does the visionary need to create or integrate a story into their vision, they also need to think about the music design, fitting the lyrics to songs, timing for set pieces and costume changes, who they envision their characters to be like… the list just goes on and on.
Attending theatrical productions is one of the most humbling experiences I have the opportunity to enjoy. Les Miserables is truly a masterpiece which has left me even more humbled than before. Thank you to the creators!