My Favorite Javert Actor

Now, I am talking about my favorite Javert actor. I always struggle with finding common ground for Javert. I also struggle with feeling any sympathy for the character. Javert is a character I don’t like. Yes he is complex and an interesting character to get to know, but I still don’t like him.

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My favorite Javert is Jeremy Secomb and I saw him in the West End. For the first time, I was able to finally find common ground and feel sympathy for Javert. His Jean Valjean was Adam Bayjou (understudy), one of my favorite Jean Valjean’s, and those two worked well together that I have found the strongest Javert/Jean Valjean dynamic I have ever found. I remember during the suicide scene, feeling Javert’s torment and feeling some kind of sympathy for Javert. When I saw the show in the West End, I did not expect to feel anything for Javert or to find common ground, but Jeremy exceeded expectations. The fact that I could find common ground and feeling sympathy for a character that I don’t like says something about Jeremy’s Javert.

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College Productions I Have Seen

The other day I mentioned all the shows I have seen at Gardner Webb. This time I want to write a list of all the college productions I have seen, which is both Gardner Webb and Central Piedmont Community College. I was a student at both CPCC and Gardner Webb. There is a huge difference between their theatre. For starters CPCC has a bigger theatre department and even bigger theaters and unlike Gardner Webb, you have assigned  seats. CPCC even has an actual box office plus the theatre lobbies are bigger than the ones at Gardner Webb. The biggest theatre at CPCC, Halton Theatre, has two levels.

Central Piedmont Community College:

1. Godspell- this is the very first show I saw at CPCC. The costumes were quite colorful and creative.

2. Les Mis- 2013: this was actually the first time I saw the stage show. I was so impressed by this production. It actually felt like it was a professional production and not a college production. Actually the person who played Jean Valjean also played Jesus in Godspell. Not only did I see it once with my family, but also saw it twice as an usher. With my family I remembered sitting in row Q towards the center and that does help show just bow big Halton Theatre is. As an usher, I sat in the back of both the orchestra and the balcony.

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3. Some Enchanted Evening- this is actually a show that is a revue of musical songs that Rogers and Hammerstein wrote.  I even was usher of this show. So my experience of helping with the theatre began with CPCC.

4. Sunshine Boys- this was the only play I saw at CPCC

 

Gardner Webb:  I actually saw thirteen shows here. Even though the theatre program is smaller, their shows can still be well-done.

1. Music Man- this kicked off the shows I saw at Gardner Webb. I saw this in 2015 during Spring Semester. Music Man was the beginning of the best musical theatre year of my life.

2. #8- I honestly strongly dislike bringing up this show. I was too emotionally disturbed watching it that was too much to handle. It was dealing with the Holocaust and sometimes the show showed pictures of the camps. I just couldn’t handle it at all.

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4. Cast Fan Tutte- this was the only Opera I saw in my time at Gardner Webb.

5. Servant of Two Masters- such a hilarious play and I enjoyed it a lot

6. Trojan Women- this was the first show at Gardner Webb that I helped with. I took applied theatre and were required to do a certain amount of hours. I ended up being the house manager of this production. Even thought it was a Greek Tragedy, it still had its uniqueness. Gardner Webb is known for its ASL program and this show took advantage of that and the show used shadow interpreting and that was fun to watch.

7. Glass Menagerie- I was also house manager for this production.

8. Little Shop of Horrors- while I do not love Little Shop of Horrors, I can understand why others do. I love the songs Little Shop of Horrors, Grow For Me, Somewhere Thats Green, Suddenly Seymour, and Skid Row. My school did such a wonderful job on this musical. I was even house manager for this show.

9. Full Moon Over Montmartre- I found this play to very boring. Once again I was the house manager.

10. Real Inspector Hound- this was a mystery and I love mysteries. Things can get a bit complicated at times. Once again played the role of house manager.

11. God of Carnage- this was basically dealing with two couples arguing over a recent incident between their two sons. I was also house manager of this production.

12. Eleemosynary- this show dealt with three generations of women and I loved the background with the wings. This show was a very last minute show the theatre department put together.

13. Peter and the Starcatcher- I was asked to usher for this production. This show is basically a prequel to Peter Pan. The set actually looked like a pirate ship and that was fun to see. I loved the characters of Molly and the characters that were called “Pigs”. I know that sounds crazy, but those “pigs” were hilarious.

Favorite Eponine Actress

Now on to Eponine. Eponine is one of my favorite characters in musical theatre and she is an Eponine that many people are familiar with. My favorite Eponine is Samantha Barks and a big part of that is because she was my first Eponine due to the fact that my journey with Les Mis began with the movie.

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Her Eponine showed a lonely version of the character. Eponine after all is all alone in life. She has parents who don’t love her and the ones she loves loves someone else. She is the girl that would do anything for Marius even if he wouldn’t do the same for her. In her tiny bits of dialogue, she was able to show the heartbreak that Eponine was going through. Her “On My Own” was full of heartbreak and loneliness and was able to show just how strong and deep her love for Marius is.

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Eponine does disguise herself as a boy to be at the barricade. When noticing that Marius is about to get shot, she takes the shot herself and her wound turns out to be fatal. Samantha was able to show that Eponine was dying at this point in the story. She showed that through her voice by starting out quiet and showed her voice getting weaker and weaker as “A Little Fall of Rain” continued and also was able to use body language to show that Eponine was dying.

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Without Samantha’s Eponine, I never would have fallen in love with the character. Since she was so incredible, I was able to develop such a beautiful emotional connection to Eponine. It is interesting how your first actor in a role can make you start to develop opinions about the character and start to understand who the character is. I remember falling in love with Eponine the 2nd time I saw the movie due to Samantha’s version of Eponine, but I honestly had no idea why I loved Eponine at all because I knew I did not relate to the character. Samantha was the beginning of the strong love I have for Eponine.

Gardner Webb Shows

I have gone to the theatre a lot during my time at Gardner Webb and helped with some of them as house manager and sometimes ushered. I thought I would write a list of all the shows I have seen and yes some I have had bad experiences with. Then there are the ones I had wonderful experiences with. After seeing shows at Central Piedmont Community College, I really honestly did not know how well-done Gardner Webb shows could be due to Gardner Webb having a smaller Theatre Program. What I loved about seeing shows at Gardner Webb was that it allowed me to get a wonderful opportunity to get to know plays better especially since I have always been exposed to musicals.

1. Music Man- Spring 2015: this was my first show at Gardner Webb. Glad that I started with a musical. Music Man was the first of four musicals in 2015. I loved Music Man due to incredible songs, a wonderful plot, and characters. I even love how light-hearted this musical comedy is.

2. #8- I honestly strongly disliked seeing this show. This show I was too emotionally disturbed watching it. It was a show dealing with the Holocaust and they put pictures of the concentration camps up at times. It just was way too much. They even had the ushers dressed up as Nazis and the show started with a Nazi giving a command. The show was too disturbing for me. I honestly wanted to leave after act I and that was how negative of an experience it was for me. When the show ended, I called my mom and was in tears. It was way too much. I was required to see this show since I was taking taking acting I at the time.

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4. Cast Fan Tutte- this was the only Opera I went to. I was taking acting II at the time and I was required to see it. I actually was in this Opera for a short ten second scene in the beginning.

5. Servant of Two Masters- this show was extremely funny. It is one of the best plays Gardner Webb did. Just like Casi Fan Tutte, I was required to see the show.

6. Trojan Women- this show was a Ancient Greek show. This show was very unique. This was the first show I helped with. I was house manger for this show. Gardner Webb is known for its ASL program so in this production they used shadow interpreting throughout the show so I loved how they incorporated  the ASL program in this production.

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8. Little Shop of Horrors- 2nd musical. This show was well-done. While I don’t love Little Shop of Horrors, I do love some of its songs, which are “Somewhere That’s Green”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Suddenly Seymour”, and “Skid Row”. But I can understand why others love it. I was also house manager for this production.

9. Full Moon Over Montmartre- in my opinion, this show was very boring

10. Real Inspector Hound- once again another show I was required to see and my fifth show I was house manager of.  This show was a mystery and I love mysteries.

11. God of Carnage- this show literally dealt with two couples sorting out an incident that recently happened between their sons.

12. Eleemosynary- this was basically a last minute show Gardner Webb had to put together. It basically followed the life of three generations of females. I loved the background with two wings.

13. Peter and the Starcatcher- this play is basically a prequel to Peter Pan. It showed how the characters become who they eventually became in Peter Pan. I especially loved the characters of Molly and the three boys who were referred to as “pigs”. I helped by ushering with this show.

Favorite Maureen Actress

My favorite Maureen is Lyndie Moe, my Maureen I saw last year when I experienced Rent live for the first time.

Her “Over the Moon” performance was quite funny. She was able to bring out the crazy side of Maureen to life. I always pictured Maureen as crazy and Lyndie was able to bring out that part of Maureen to life. Honestly I really don’t know why I loved her Maureen so much. I just loved how she brought out the crazy nature of Maureen.

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Favorite Leading Player Actress

I have wanted to see Pippin since I first heard “Corner of the Sky”. I missed Pippin the first time it toured to Charlotte. When I saw Pippin, I was quite lucky because when my mom bought tickets for the two of us, there was only one day left with seats together. I managed to see Pippin in May of 2015.

I was very intrigued by the Leading Player than Pippin. A lot of that was because the actress playing the Leading Player was stronger than the actor playing Pippin. I saw Lisa Karlin that night and everything I know about the Leading Player comes from her performance. She was able to show in “Magic to Do” that she is a playful character, but at the same time, she was to some kind of evil in her voice. So her voice was playful but at the same time had a hint of evil. But in “Glory”, she changed her voice to be much darker and whenever she was around Pippin, her voice was more playful. So she kept on changing her voice depending on the situation. With Pippin, she was quite crafty and was manipulating him and he couldn’t tell due to her voice.

Lisa played the Leading Player as manipulate, playful, crafty, mysterious and dark. Even the audience couldn’t detect what her real motives are. She kept on leading Pippin in the wrong path and she was able to trick the audience into thinking that Pippin was heading in the right direction, but that wasn’t the case. She did trick me like that. Even though she was the antagonist, she was at the narrator and was intriguing and it can be hard to understand why she had those dark motives. It really looked like Lisa enjoyed playing the Leading Player. The fact that she can trick Pippin and the audience really shows just how manipulative she really is. She only really shows her darkness whenever she isn’t around Pippin.

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Favorite Cosette Actress

My favorite Cosette happens to be Jillian Butler, Joshua Grosso’s Cosette. She just has this really beautiful soprano voice. The way she was able to connect to Joshua’s charming but awkward Marius was wonderful to watch. These two were just perfect for each other and you can’t help but notice how adorable these two are. It really feels like they have just have fallen in love. A lot of my love for Jillian comes from the way that Joshua portrayed Marius. It was interesting seeing how these two were able to have really strong chemistry with each other.

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