“I know a place where no one’s lost,

I know a place where no one cries,

Crying at all is not allowed,

Not in my castle on a cloud.”

Castle on a Cloud Lyrics

Our house has been filled with Les Misérables music all summer.  Emma is a beggar in the Kettle Moraine summer performance of Victor Hugo’s heart-wrenching story.  Tonight is opening night:  the actors, the music, the sets and costumes will come to life through the talented 100+ students involved in this show!   By the third song, I declared this was my favorite performance of this play.  Honestly, I enjoyed this performance more than the traveling Les Mis Broadway performances I have seen.  OK, perhaps my opinion is a wee bit biased, but I did hear the couple behind say the same thing, adding that they had never heard a better rendition of Jean Valjean’s Who Am I.

I rate it two thumbs up, five out of five stars, splendid!  The show continues July 19-21 with 7 p.m. performances every night.  Tickets are available through the high school or at the box office at showtime.  Simply in awe of the vocal talent, the orchestra’s sound and the attention to detail (the corrupt innkeepers: Monsieur Thenardier and Madame Thenardier even have horrific teeth!).  Congratulations to everyone involved.

In Les Misérables, Hugo seems to assert that love and compassion are the most important gifts one person can give another.  I love the link to yesterday’s thought-provoking event about purpose (the July 12 post).  Valjean’s transformation from a hate-filled criminal (convict  #24601) into a well-respected philanthropist epitomizes Hugo’s emphasis on love.  I also just discovered Hugo’s birthdate is 24 June 1801 (clever link to 24601 perhaps?).

They laugh at me, these fellows, just because I am small.

They laugh at me because I’m not a hundred feet tall.

I tell ’em there’s a lot to learn down here on the ground.

The world is big but lil’ people turn it around.

Little People lyrics