On May 1st at 6:30 pm the doors to the San Marcos Auditorium opened and over 350 eager audience members rushed in to get the best seats for the 7:00 show of Les Misérables.
After a somewhat catastrophic tech rehearsal the night before, pre-show nerves enveloped. As the final preparations were being made, more audience members could be heard filtering into the auditorium. As the talented orchestra began to play the captivating overture, everything became real. The curtain rose, revealing the chain gang as the show began.
For every show, opening night is a whirlwind of excitement and nerves, not only for the cast, but also for the directors and the crew. “I think I was more excited than nervous,” said freshman Olivia O’Brien. “I was really excited to see the whole show take form onstage, and see how the audience would react to it. Every actor in this show has worked so hard and I believe are truly amazing, and I wanted to see how the audience would enjoy that.”
It was very clear from the standing ovation that opening night was a success. With the amazing talents of Mr. Holmes coming to and end at San Marcos, the whole cast and crew are happy to have made him as proud as he is, and honored to be a part of his last show. Les Misérables is such an amazing story, and means so much to Mr. Holmes, that every person that is taking part in this production is so thrilled to be a part of it.
“The actors told the story as well as they were capable of. They delivered the message and moved so many people. I hope that everyone was able to recognize the true standing ovation they received, the last time I saw that happen was in 1988 when we performed Fiddler on the Roof.” The moment the last chord of the musical rang through the auditorium, and the curtain closed the audience leapt to their feet. “It happened so fast and so spontaneously it was almost like the three sections all talked to each other,” said proud director David Holmes. “As long as they work as hard as they did last night they will definitely have another audience on their feet.”
“Being in Les Mis itself is a dream come true. I never would have thought that I would be doing this show my senior year, never the less being Eponine, my dream role since I was a little tiny singer,” said senior Maddy Marquis. “I’m so grateful to have this opportunity, not only have I gone through many challenges and wonderful experiences, I’ve been able to take all of those experiences and apply them to how I can be a better person and a better performer, and a better friend to others.”
“I was completely blown away,” said freshman Mary Maillard. “All of the cast seemed so devoted to their acting, and it was clear that everyone put in a lot of work. Every scene was well thought out, and had special moments and details. The singing was absolutely incredible, all of the cast sounded like professionals. Personally, I thought it was even better than the movie version, which is an amazing feat for high school students. I never would have imagined how spectacular they were, but when you see the play it just blows you away. This is one of the best San Marcos shows I have seen so far.”
“Its been a really long road with this show, and I think the entire cast would agree with that, but the end result is always worth it, especially this one,”said Maddy Marquis “There are no words that can describe how happy I am with that experience.”