I can’t be too sure but I have a feeling that our late director, Noel S. Ruiz, was messing with us during last nights performance of Les Miserables. Perhaps he felt that show was running too smoothly and he wanted to see how his cast would react to a couple different situations. Perhaps he wanted to spice things up. Or perhaps these things just, well, happened?
Considering that the run of Les Miserables is quickly coming to an end with 7 performances left, the fact that we have not broken any of the glass bottles during “Master of the House” is a crazy thought. However, right at the beginning of the scene it happened. It felt like slow-motion. I was standing off stage waiting for my entrance and just watched it fall right off the table. crash. shattered. everywhere. Naturally my mouth dropped. I didnt know how we were going to get that off the stage. Luckily Madame Thenardier swept it up into a pile and then another cast member took a very modern dustpan to sweep it up. TEAMWORK!
Now that really wasnt so bad, what happened next though….
The ABC cafe/students were on the stage singing about the blood of angry men or something 😉 and then Gavroche is supposed to enter and get their attention, however his entrance music was non existant. He still entered like a champ that he is and saved the boys from their awkward silence. Then proceeded to sing “The People’s Song” a cappella. It wasnt a complete trainwreck, but it wasn’t pretty. Everyone did what they could and we certainly pulled it together as best we could despite the different keys we were singing in.
Everyday I am a little more in awe of this cast that I am a part of. Talented. Professional. Troupers. I am so proud of us all.