While I am not at liberty to confirm whether or not I have practiced the dark arts of “musical theater,” I will say that Les Misérables is one of my favorite shows (good thing since it has been going through my head nonstop...). I Dreamed a Dream makes me cry, Stars sends shivers up my spine, and that catchy descending arpeggio line is, well, catchy. Naturally, I was excited when I signed on to work with Spiro Productions and The Other Mirror. I got the gig from Warren Oja, WMU cellist and my partner in crime (aka standpartner) for the last year in USO. Because of the Oja family’s hospitality, I was able to stay in Royal Oak and commute with Warren to the rehearsals. Added bonus, I reconnected with a friend that I had not seen in person for 5 years (Heidi Kim, who was concertmistress of the 2009 Michigan Youth Arts Festival Orchestra). Besides working with a fantastic cast, crew, and pit (though we weren't much of a pit since we were center stage), here are some of the highlights of the long weekend in photo form (captions included).
Events not listed in the slideshow include:
1. A late night trip to White Castle (to eat a steamy slider is to see the face of God).
2. I bought a violin. Thank you Laurie for helping me find a great instrument package for a great price! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Psarianos-Violins-Ltd/163235600364648 (http://www.psarianosviolins.com/)
3. Ate delicious home-cooked meals with the Oja family.
4. And this (see video below):