Most folks in the Flin Flon and surrounding area are up to speed on the fact that the Flin Flon Community Choir is gearing up to put on the amazing production Les Misérables. If ticket sales are any indication, people are very much excited to see this musical, composed by by Claude-Michel Schönberg, and based on the novel by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo.
As a lover of film and music, I was by no means unfamiliar with this story of Jean Valjean, however I will admit I have not been the ardent fan as I know some people; for a lot of people cite it as their favourite of musicals or stories, period. Legions of fans have seen countless stage performances and film adaptations, and with good reason. One man’s Les Miz is another man’s Olivia Newton-John.
My life’s joy is found in music, and I keep fairly busy on that score here in the Flin Flon community. At my core I love to write songs and sing; when I’m lucky I get to sing among the talented musicians we have here. Its helped me to develop myself and it has also given an outlet.
When the opportunity to audition for Les Miz came up last November I was initially hesitant to take a bite of that apple; I knew it would be a big commitment so naturally I contemplated if I was the right choice. After all, I had already been setting my sights on working on my own material; its been a goal of mine to record a third album of original songs. The question for me became – am I willing to put this personal goal on the back shelf in the name of taking on the challenge such as a musical production? Heck – I know I’m dramatic but I never fancied myself an actor by any means…and an endeavour such as working on an album takes equal time, dedication and patience.
So what did compel me to take that leap into going and auditioning? I’ll tell you – as an artist there is no doubt that songwriting and performing and recording all provide a multitude of experience. I’ll always remain interested in this. I had to ask myself: How often in life will you have the opportunity to be a part of something so amazing? When it gets down to it, I’ll never know – and therefore I had to at least consider auditioning for the sheer fact that the world (aka Flin Flon and the Flin Flon Community Choir) was presenting an opportunity to have f.u.n. while also giving the chance for me to work with some of the most incredibly talented people you could possibly assemble. I think Les Miz is a platform to become less afraid of the performing aspect of the arts; and I guess what I have come to conclude is that someday I will have a new album, full of all sorts of original things to say. In the meantime, I can always stand to grow and become a stronger, hopefully well-rounded performer. That’s why I chose to learn The Cafe Song (by Marius) and give it my best in the name of that goal. In preparing I developed that interest and affection for his character … I suppose I became attached. What can I say, I’m a lover and a fighter?
In short – after the audition was said and done, I had enough time to fully appreciate the opportunity at hand and so in the end (or the beginning, depending on how you look at it!) when I received the role of Marius Pontmercy I was an extremely happy man. Yes it will be a lot of hard work, and yes indeed, I am ready to commit. In fact, this very morning, the first day of 2015, I sat down in front of the t.v. as early as 8:00am, and I did my homework. With rehersals already started, I know I will soon enough be immersed in the world of Les Miz and it was my goal to begin 2015 with that commitment and work!
I’m scared. :-)
But I’m also someone who thrives a bit on fear so I say bring it on! This is going to be a fun ride! Stay tuned for more!!!! I’m sure I will have all sorts of stories to share!