Well this is my 4th post relating to my Les Mis collection. That is because a couple days ago, I added something to that collection. So I will be talking about it once again. Some things in my collection are kind of interesting in a way.
The above pictures gives kind of an overview of just how massive my collection of Les Mis stuff is. I think it bizarre how Eponine is holding both the book and the original Broadway soundtrack. I have listened to the songs in that soundtrack who knows how many times- over maybe over 800 times and yet not sick and tired of them. The book is an unabridged copy of the book, and it took me less than one summer to finish the book: fun fact- I read the unabridged book the same summer I saw the musical in the West End.
Okay, I have to explain Eponine a bit. Every year around Valentine’s Day, Gardner Webb has this Candy and Critter’s event where students make a stuffed animal. Well, this year I wanted to make a stuffed animal and name it after a musical character. I had never named a stuffed animal after a musical character before, and it had to after a musical character before; here’s the catch- it had to resemble a musical character in some way and had to be a musical character I love. I eventually came across the skin of the bear in the photo, and I realized it reminded me of Eponine. I mean Eponine tends to wear a brown color scheme due to her living in extreme poverty and there are heart-shaped patches, which to me reminded me of the fact that Eponine is part of a love triangle; but eventually I looked even closer and there were stitch marks around the patches; and instantly I thought of the unrequited love. So I named the bear, Eponine- it not only resembled Eponine, but Eponine was also a character I strongly love in Les Mis and in the entire musical theatre world. To make the stuffed animal, we go to these stations and hand stuff the animals so it is an unique experience.
I own both the movie and the 25th anniversary concert. I remember reading a movie review, which referenced the fact that Samantha Barks, a standout actress from the film, played Eponine in the 25th concert as well. That fact led me to watch the 25th concert as well. That is why I have seen one less Eponine actress than all the other characters. I watch the movie a lot more than the concert due to it being shorter. I still find myself an emotional wreck watching either of these, and that is a good sign.
Found within in that gigantic collection picture, there are three separate playbills: CPCC (Central Piedmont Community Community College), Queen’s Theatre (West End, London), and the Peace Center (Greenville, South Carolina). Thinking of playbills, I also have each of those tickets.So yes, three production and 5 times- so how is that possible? Well, I ushered twice for CPCC’S production along with seeing it once with family. I have two separate filers in that gigantic photo as well: one for the West End and one for CPCC.
I have a easy version piano book. I own a page to screen book, which explains the musical’s journey from how it went from Victor Hugo’s book to the movie musical. My most recent part of my collection is this book, which explains how the musical went from the book to how it became the sensation that it is: it basically stops in the musical’s more early years- it doesn’t talk about the film for instance.
In that gigantic photo, I have these very fun colored pencils. The names of the pencils say things like “do you hear the purple sing”, “tantine”, “blue4601”, “green him home”, and “look brown look brown” among other things.
The big poster in the upper left I never thought I would own. When my school was advertising to take people to Les Mis in Greenville; they used this gigantic poster. Student Activities- knowing how much I love Les Mis gave me that gigantic poster after they took it down. The poster right next door it is one of the souvenirs I got from the West End. The two paintings were painted for me in my first semester at Gardner Webb: I was in a dorm where there were two R.A.s per floor: the R.A. who wasn’t my main one painted those for me knowing how much I love Les Mis.
I feel like my graduation cap fits perfectly into my Les Mis collection: I wanted to decorate it in a way that represents what everyone on Campus knows me as: they know me as a Les Mis Freak- which is why it is very Les Mis themed- the gray and yellow border represents the tragedy and spirituality of the show. The words in red and blue bring out the fact that the show takes place in France. I had the hardest time coming up with the right words: then I realized just how much the words “A Heart Full of Love” can work- while it is the romantic duet- I have such a heart full of love for Gardner Webb so it does work.
The two t-shirts- the gray one was another souvenir I got at the Queen’s Theater. The red t-shirt was made by one of friend who knows just how much I love the show so I felt like it just perfect. I been to two Les Mis parties. At my very first Les Mis party- the host knew a friend who knew a friend who knew someone who has played Valjean so that friend got in touch with that actor so the actor signed a souvenir program for me.
Below are some Les Mis-related pictures. The entire top row except for the upper left comes from times I have seen the show. The last two in that row come from my experience in the West End. I actually met the actor (Adam Bayjou) who played Jean Valjean at the stage door. Still seeing Les Mis in the West End was the best theater experience of my life and will always be one of the BEST. The other one was at the Peace Center in Greenville when I saw it with my school: I had a major dilemma that year: see it with school or see it in my hometown: I choose it with school because 1) the Peace Center is such a gorgeous venue and 2) it would create such a lasting memory with my school. The upper left is from last Halloween when I was Eponine: that was my 2nd time that year since I dressed up as her for a Les Mis party earlier that same year. The lower left picture; I included Eponine in the picture.