I am having a fantastic time at the rehearsals for Les Mis. Everyone there has been very friendly, and I'm working hard at trying to learn people's names - which is difficult for me because I'm usually paying so much attention to people's personalities when I meet them that the names go in one ear and out the other. The Facebook group for the musical has been good because then I can look at the photos and the names every day.
It's funny - I usually am starting to feel really gloomy at this point of the year because of the short days, but I don't feel that way this year (for the most part - there are some bad days). Rehearsals make everything seem sunnier even if the sun went down two hours before. Even though I'm much busier, and have spent all my free time some days learning music, I feel like I have more energy and enthusiasm for everything. I used to wonder about some of the people I know who seem to go from one performance to another. How did they have the energy?! I think I'm beginning to understand.
I'm amazed at the rate at which we're learning the music. Most of the people in it seem to be able to read music so we don't spend a lot of time on the notes. We spend lots of time on the rhythms and the enunciation - you need to be very precise when over 60 people are singing a fast song together.
We drive back and forth to the rehearsals in Burlington by driving through Graham, which is decorated for Christmas and is very pretty.
[I wrote this on Dec 5, but then got so busy with rehearsals and Christmas shopping that I never got back to it. We started the staging in the theater this week - it's so much fun!]