Wow! it IS Wednesdasy as I write this, and the notes the students have, and I have are way to long, so here is a synopsis for starters…Looking at the previous day’s post does about cover the events for the afternoon – Harlequin and the Soho Theatre and yet there is STILL more to say –
1) Meeting Harlequin Publishing to find out more on Adi Alsaid and publishing legal right, PR, just to name few things – this rocked everyone out and they had so many questions that were right on – WOW. Questions of printing for international audiences, legality issues, censorship, what PR really does, what editors REALLY do, how curriculum ties to the books we choose and read, were only a FEW of what was covered – amazing AMAZING Q & A on the part of the students and staff of Harlequin! The books that Harlequin later gave us as previews – this would be just SOME of many that are upcoming to check out:
And again, emphasizing the look into the Soho Theatre was breathtaking…
2) Meeting Mr Raphael Martin to see the impact of the Soho Theatre and off Broadway’s influence – and talking technical regarding musicals, “the business” and more – again, the students came prepared.
3) Les Miserables – I felt so anxious as we obtained our tickets, then we went to eat at a pizzeria nearby and many took advantage of the amazing bakery Pieface, as we waited to get in line for the musical. As we moved our way in to the Imperial Theatre, sure enough, on the backdrop we saw the portraits of Victor Hugo and indeed, throughout the musical they appeared. The first half compared to the second half, I felt there was NO comparison, the second half was so much stronger, SO MUCH – I found there some forced moments in the musical as we worked through it, however, the props were amazing, the orchestra even mores, and the tour backstage helped explain so much about the musical – so much 🙂 I found myself so sad at truly the saddest moments and the actors did bring this right to us to feel each step of the way. Overall, I found myself comparing the musical to the movie I saw but both helped enhance the amazing story being told through Les Miserables. Then I realized, I can HARDLY wait to see this on stage at our own school! Following, no kidding, we ran into the neighboring theatre, where Miranda and a few others obtained autographs from Idina Menzel. Overall an exciting night!
We made our way back to the hostel and reflected on how much occurred today – WHOA. Major Whoa.