Orlando Shakespeare Theater

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is an outstanding stage for amazing performances. On October 4th, I had the privilege of attending the first event of its 26th Season, Les Miserables. This musical was the best I have ever seen and it truly touched my heart in ways that no other performance has. The cast had so much chemistry with Michael Hunsaker as Jean Valjean and Davis Gaines as Javert. Some of the actors were even sponsored to be brought in from different parts of the world. Although simple the production held an intimate setting and transported the audience to revolutionary France. “After you’ve seen this, you will be ruined for any other set up of Les Miserables” said an anonymous expert that I interacted with at the theater. Her friend, also an expert that had seen the same musical in London, commented that, “this is a once in a life time experience; we will never again experience such an emotive act with such unique and young talent in the same room ever again.” I agreed with every word. Of course, most people know the plot of Les Miserables, whether it be from the movie or other performances, but to see it play out before your eyes in such a close and personal environment is an indescribable feeling. I must admit that when the scene of Eponine’s death ended I had a steady stream of tears flowing from my eyes. I know that Humanities courses require students to attend two or more events a term, so I strongly recommend to make this one of your events in order to really get something out of the experience. Performing Arts enthusiasts definitely have to make a point to assist an Orlando Shakespeare Theater event because disappointment will not be felt. As for those who aren’t into the arts, they should really consider making this their first because it will probably change their opinion forever.

Future events include…

A Christmas Carol (December 3 – 28, 2014)

By Jim Helsinger | Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

To Kill a Mockingbird (January 21 – March 8, 2015)

Adapted by Christopher Sergel | Based on the novel by Harper Lee

The Merry Wives of Windsor (February 4 – March 7, 2015)

By William Shakespeare

Henry V (February 18 – March 22, 2015)

By William Shakespeare

Bad Dog (April 8 – May 3, 2015)

By Jennifer Hoppe-House




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