Here’s a recipe for fun in the summertime: Theater under the stars on a warm evening, with a live orchestra, in a venerable outdoor theater atop a mountain, sharing the joy with family and friends. Just look at the view as we arrived. And the show is my favorite of all–Les Mis. This story of freedom and redemption would soon fill the skies with its poignant music.
An added treat this evening was running into people who had flown in from other states to visit here and come to the show. We held a spontaneous, fun reunion with lots of hugs and chatter.
Then we took our seats and the director welcomed us.
He told us he first saw Les Mis at the age of 9, when his parents took him to New York. He remembered the impact the story had on him. Victor Hugo’s character, Jean Valjean, is a picture of grace and kindness. Les Mis contains all the elements that move us — injustice, illness, child abuse, adoption, sacrifice, unrequited love, battle, rescue, and a wedding.
The lights dimmed, and we were swept along in this tale. And the funny scenes — they are hilarious indeed. It’s good to laugh.
The main characters sing out the theme at the close of the play — my favorite line:
To love another person is to see the face of God.
We will long treasure this summer evening of stars, story, and song.
How about you? What are you up to this summer?
Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s texture kk-3003. Also linking up with the return of Song-ography, where the theme this week is “Hot Fun in the Summertime.”