Les Mis: What I Learned

LES MIS IS OVER!! Although I am so sad that it's done, I am very happy to have two and a half hours returned to my Sundays. This whole experience has been incredible, and I definitely learned a lot. Considering five months of my school year was spent preparing, practicing, and performing, it's only natural that I would acquire a new list of things I've learned. Without further ado, here we go:

1. Being part of the supporting cast is so much fun. 

I really wish I could go back and tell myself back in December that I didn't need to worry so much, because I honestly believe that I would not have had as much fun as I did had I gotten one of the parts I auditioned for. Of course this isn't going to stop me from auditioning for big roles in the future, but I'm happy I got to be a factory worker, a beggar, a dancer, someone with a candle, and many other things. Girl 2, you will be missed.  

2. It is technically possible to go to a two and a half hour practice after pulling an all-nighter because you came back from Nebraska, but it is not recommended. 

Seriously. Don't do it. I would not recommend it. 

3. Taking yourself too seriously is no fun. 

Had I tried to take myself seriously the whole time and beat myself up for making small mistakes (that no one really noticed), I would have been bored and stuck up the whole time. And that, my friends, is no fun at all. 

4. Eat before rehearsals.

Especially if you're like me and you get quiet and angry and sad without any real warning when you're hungry. 

5. I look like Little Bo Peep in poofy tule dresses. 

Also, it's hard to waltz whilst looking like Little Bo Peep. 

6. I have never laughed as hard as I did while dancing backstage and then onstage. 

Again, taking yourself too seriously is no fun. 

7. I might be allergic to whatever was in the fake dirt/mud I had to wear.

Halfway through Act 1 of the first performance, my face started to sting and the fake mud was wiped off as much as possible in the dark. During the second performance, I completely forgot about it and the same thing happened again. 

8. It's "a platoon of snappers" not "a platoon of badgers"

Actually, it's "a platoon of sappers" ... I learned this on the final night. 

9. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Probably most importantly, this whole experience was another glimmer of proof that I have found what I want to do for the rest of my life. I don't think I have ever felt more like I was on top of the world than I did when the curtains went down on the final performance and the whole cast just started jumping and dancing and laughing. When you find the thing that makes you happy, the thing that makes you so happy you don't mind the hours it takes to get it right, I think you've found the thing that you're supposed to be doing. I hope that's the case, because I honestly can't wait for December to come when I'll get to do a new musical all over again. <3