Reason why millions see Les Mis

Once again, another Les Mis post. Yes, I must admit I am obsessed as many know. Yes, I am also a Les Mis walking talking encyclopedia.

Les Mis is one of the most successful musicals in the world. I understand the sensation that it is and even I cannot describe why it is. Millions of people have experienced this epic, powerful, and emotional musical. Though tragic, it truly connects you to the material and the characters. Les Mis knows how to make you truly about every one of the characters  including characters you don’t like. It is just there is something about it that makes it so personal and meaningful at such a very deep level. It is truly about humanity, love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, and redemption. The complexity, honesty, insight, and truth the characters provide is so wonderful. As every fan knows, it is very hard to describe why Les Mis touches them so much.

There is just something about Les Mis that just makes it so special and personal. I know what that it is, but there is no words to describe. The show is wonderfully real and human. It is just so universal and reflects life in a grand and strong and powerful and epic way.

Possible spoilers:

The  Transformation of Jean Valjean is truly incredible. He is so complex and truly changes. He starts out as an angered, hardened and harsh man all because of being in prison for nineteen years just for stealing a loaf of bread for the sake of his family. Five of those nineteen years was just for stealing bread and the rest is for trying to escape.

He quickly figured out that even society does not trust him and treats him poorly. He was given kindness and mercy by the bishop who gives him a place to sleep and food to eat, but Valjean out of desperation steals the bishop’s silver. But the bishop forgave him and gifted him with a set of candlesticks. After the example the bishop set for Valjean, Valjean decided to start his life over and decided to live a life for the sake of the Lord. After breaking parole, Javert becomes obsessed over recapturing Valjean and sending him back to jail.

Fantine lives such a heartbreaking and tragic life. She has a young illegitimate daughter who she shows unconditional love towards. Cosette’s biological father abandoned Fantine and Cosette, which left Fantine in a very desperate situation. She ends up working at Valjean’s factory and is fired by the foreman after learning about Cosette. Fantine eventually becomes a prostitute in order to provide for her daughter. She becomes deathly ill and eventually an abusive customer harasses Fantine and as a matter of defense she attacks him. This incident causes Javert to want to arrest her, but Valjean pleads to Javert to take her to the hospital. As Fantine was dying, Valjean agrees to raise her daughter as his own.

Young Cosette was the first person Valjean ever loved. We learn that eight year old, Cosette, was terribly abused by the Thenardiers and Cosette hopes for a better life.  Valjean rescued her and it is such a challenge considering the fact that he is an ex-convict.

Another story to note is the young love triangle between Marius, Cosette, and Eponine. Both Eponine and Cosette love Marius, but Marius only has eyes for Cosette. Marius continues to be oblivious to Eponine’s deep unrequited love, but Eponine finally confesses her love for him during her death scene at the barricades. As a matter of fact, Marius truly cares about Eponine and is the only light in Eponine’s miserable life. She has probably some of the worst parents ever, who don’t care or even love her. They terribly abuse her and she was raised to be a criminal and the only light in her life is Marius, which is why her unrequited love is so deep and extremely emotionally painful.

There is even the story of the barricade boys. They plan to start an uprising due to the weak government. This group is end by Enjolras, the most passionate of the group. This group of boys are college students.As noticed, it is very hard to describe the plot of Les Mis. It has multiple storylines. These storylines eventually fuse together. It can be hard to see beyond all of the heartbreak, misery, and suffering, but those parts become more worth it once you see the hope.

As for the songs, they wonderfully reflect the storyline. The songs are so powerful and grab you. All you have to do is hear the first note and you are automatically immersed into the storyline. It gives you the feeling that the show is so powerful. The songs reflect the deep emotional nature of the story and the souls and hearts of these wonderful, complex, and well-developed characters. These songs are covered with several emotions and the emotional impact is why Les Mis is so special and unique.

“To love another person is to see the face of God”

Why do you think Les Mis is so successful?

List of Happy Musicals

This is a list of happy musicals. From experience, I am fully aware that most musicals are happy. This list includes shows I have seen either by movie or stage and shows that I haven’t experienced at all.

  1. Wicked
  2. Wizard of OZ
  3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  4. Music Man
  5. Pippin
  6. Sound of Music
  7. Annie
  8. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
  9. Singing in the Rain
  10. Hairspray
  11. Mamma Mia
  12. Cats
  13. South Pacific
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Annie Get Your Gun
  16. Newsies
  17. Lion King
  18. Beauty and the Beast
  19. Aladdin
  20. Little Mermaid
  21. My Fair Lady
  22. Mary Poppins
  23. Meet Me in St. Louis
  24. Easter Parade
  25. Fiddler on the Roof
  26. Grease
  27. White Christmas
  28. Godspell
  29. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  30. White Christmas
  31. Kiss Me Kate
  32. Bye Bye Birdie
  33. An American in Paris
  34. Anything Goes
  35. Funny Girl
  36. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  37. Guys and Dolls
  38. Kinky Boots
  39. Throughly Modern Millie
  40. Fantastiks

Things I love About College

  1. The Community- everyone is so nice
  2. Campus Civitan- my club, it is a service club and they are like family to me
  3. My friends
  4. The Gathering- student-led worship service
  5. Feeling of Independence
  6. Discovering more of who I am
  7. Outings beyond my college
  8. The social activities
  9. Theatre- enjoyable going to shows at my school

Trojan Women Review

Last night it was my second night selling tickets at Trojan Women, a Greek tragedy by Euripides. It is about the aftermath of the Trojan War. At this showing, I was given permission to watch it.

I got to say it was a well done production. The set looked like the ruins of Troy and represented Greek Tragedy well. The costumes reflected the time period. One of the most fascinating things about this production was the shadow interpreting. My school is well known for their ASL program. While people were talking on stage, there were interpreters on stage signing the lines. That was very fascinating to watch and I am glad the ASL program was honored in that way. I loved the incredible acting from the cast. One of the oddest things about Greek Tragedy is the chorus, which is very difficult to pull off, but they did a wonderful job.

One of the reasons why I am so glad I watched the show is because Ancient Greek shows is where theatre truly began. Greek tragedy is very different from what we know as tragedy today. In Greek tragedy, the main character is not an ordinary person. Instead, the main character is of nobility. There is only one plot, one setting, and one time. There is the odd chorus, which sometimes does not make any sense. I may be a musical person, but it is quite interesting being exposed to plays. Even though I am not as emotionally connected to a play, going to a play can be enjoyable.

Moving Up in Theatre

Tonight shall be quite exciting. Starting in 2013, I began to get more involved in theatre. Over the Fall, I signed up to be a usher at my community college. Coincidentally, the first show I ushered for was “Les Mis”.  I first saw the movie of “Les Mis” in December of 2012, but I became obsessed with the musical in 2013. So it was quite fitting that “Les Mis” was the first show I ushered for. I ushered twice for that show and later would usher at “Some Enchanted Evening”, which honors Rodgers and Hammerstein’s songs.  Starting in Fall of 2014, I decided to become an usher for Children’s Theatre. Now two years later, I am taking a different role in the theatre. Tonight, Gardner Webb is putting together a Greek Tragedy, Trojan Women. I am going to be selling tickets for all four days. I never thought I would be able to move up like that.

Importance of Sharing the Gospel

Yesterday, I attended my school’s student-led worship service. I learned the importance of sharing the Gospel through the sermon. Think about it: when was the last time you taught the Gospel? This is strongly important. There are several broken-hearted people out there who have not heard the story of the Gospel. People spend too much time focusing on themselves so they forget to spread the Gospel. We have an endless cycle of screwing up and repenting and never once do we spread the Gospel. The broken-hearted people who are good, but never heard the Gospel, will die, but never go to heaven. We need to stop making excuses for why we failed to do this. Some people live with a half-faith and live it just by going to church.

But the question is, how do we spread the Gospel? That is very challenging. We were called to spread the Gospel. We need to use our calling to help make a difference in other people’s lives. I know that my calling will help make a difference of those living in poverty and homelessness. I am hoping that the power of live theatre will transform them and help them find meaning in their life. I also am hoping it will help them get off the street. This calling will work out because I have faith that it will. I know this calling will not happen for several years from now.

Flying Leap of Faith

“Those who survived the exile and in the great province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire”. When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the Lord…I was cupbearer to the King.

-Nehemiah 1: Nehemiah’s Prayer

What does it mean to take a flying leap of faith? A lot of times in life, we let our fears get in the way and control our life and due to that, some of our dreams become broken and suffer because of it. Never get caught off guard by the fears, stressed, and worries of your life. Everyone is one this Earth for a reason and when we discover it, pursue it and allow it to happen.

Everyone feels like they are unqualified for their calling. That is true, but put your faith in God and allow him to equip you with the tools and skills you need to accomplish your calling. Just never think you are unqualified for your vision despite feeling that way. Sometimes I feel like I am unqualified to start a Nonprofit due to the risk involved and due to the fact that I don’t feel like a leader, but a follower instead. But I trust in God and will allow Him to give me the tools necessary to reach my dream job.

But what exactly is your calling? How do you know what that is? This can be seen by asking yourself “what problem can you see that needs to be solved?”. My calling is to give back to those living in poverty and homelessness. I was shocked to discover that that population took up the vast majority of those living in the world. People see those who are homeless as a problem and as a result, it makes the homeless feel useless and makes them feel like they don’t belong. I want to be able to give them equal opportunities in life and help find some kind of meaning. I understand the power of live theatre and I feel like they will really benefit from that. I hope that when they perform on that stage in either a play or a musical, I hope that they will able to get off the streets and find meaning for once in their life. My nonprofit will allow them to perform and will also maybe allow them to experience live theatre through an audience perspective.

The next question to think about is “what is it that your’e passionate about?” We all have passions. I am equally passionate about musicals and service. I may not show my love for volunteering much, but it is a passion and a calling. Musicals are just a passion of mine and nothing more. I may talk about them a lot, but my path was never leading towards musical theatre in the first place. It was leading me towards giving back to the less fortunate. I started to understand where my path was leading me when I first developed my passion for service back in high school. At the time, I wasn’t even passionate about musicals, but instead just a fan. It wasn’t until college that my appreciation for musicals turned into a passion all because of “Les Mis”, a musical I am still obsessed with.

Another question to think about is “what makes you sad, mad, and glad?” I never would have thought things that way. It is sad to think that so many people are living on the streets. People don’t seem to see the fact that they are humans too and deserve to have meaning in their life and a place to stay for the night. Volunteering and musicals make me happy and it is sad to think how society tends to label and treat the homeless and those living in poverty.

Never dismiss your vision. It will happen as long as you keep a faith in God. We need to step up and not let the devil control us. He will keep on putting fear and distress in our life, which will continue to make us more and more miserable. The devil puts false images in our mind, which are not true. Never let the devil win and allow God to enter your life. If you put your faith and commitment to God, then we will help us in our spiritual journeys. Having a flying leap of faith means take that step that will eventually lead you towards what you were called to do.