At the beginning of this month, I had no clue what highlights would exist. I actually did not have any preexisting highlights at all. So, I would wait for them to happen. What were some of those June highlights.
10th Concert of Les Mis
By this point, already seen two concerts of Les Mis- the 25th and the 2019 concert. I could easily find a way to watch both of them, but I did think it wasn’t possible to even watch the 10th. For the 25th, I actually had to rent it on iTune. Then when I first heard about the 2019 concert and discovering I saw a lot of the same actors/actresses before, it literally did feel like I would never watch it. I said that because I don’t live in the UK, but the US. So, after finding out it would come to cinemas in the US, I knew there would be a chance. So, the 2019 concert was my first experience seeing a Les Mis concert in cinemas, and it was my 3rd date with my mom seeing Les mis.
So, in June I finally owned a copy of the 10th concert. Just like the other two concerts, a fantastic version. I got to see some of the original cast members- Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean, Micheal Ball as Marius, and Micheal McGuire as Enjolras. I have seen the other actors (most of them) before (one of which never in Les Mis)- due to the 25th, film and 2019 concert- I was able to see Micheal Ball, Lea Salonga, Jenny Galloway, Colm Wilkinson, and I saw Alun Armstrong before, but in Nicholas Nickelby as Squeers. I only heard Judy Kuhn sing as Cosette from the Original Broadway Soundtrack- just not seen her in any production.
So, seeing some of the Original London Actors/Actresses were amazing. Then being able to revisit the West End Production in some scenes brought me back to July 30th, 2015- it has been five years since I saw Les Mis in London. The concert literally at moments showed scenes from that particular production. Colm Wilkinson is now one of my favorite Valjean actors.
Well- fantastic cast of actors/actresses. Seeing Colm as Valjean was such a delight. I NEVER get to see any Original Cast Members due to living in Charlotte, NC, which is far from NYC. That is what was amazing about seeing Micheal Ball as Marius, Alun Armstrong as Thenardier, and Micheal McGuire as Enjolras. Like usual, the most moment I truly was in tears started at “I Dreamed a Dream”, and that is what was amazing about Ruthie Henshall’s Fantine. Here is what I believe about Lea Salonga’s Eponine- she was better as Eponine than Fantine. Saw an abusive and despicable nature about the Thenardiers- something I loved about Alun Armstrong and Jenny Galloway as those characters. Seeing that actually strengthened Eponine, and due to that, you saw their abuse on Young Cosette- the switch that happens between both girls has always intrigued me. Well like all Enjolras actors- incredible.
Thinking of Eponine and Cosette, it is time to bring up Micheal Ball’s Marius- while I couldn’t really believe in act I due to some cuts, I was able to love him in act II. In this concert, those cuts in some ways weakened Marius. But “A Little Fall of Rain’ and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” was incredible. I always love seeing how Marius and Eponine play “A Little Fall of Rain’- there are so many ways to portray that scene.
Below is actually a review of the 10th: more in detail.
Call of the Wild
Ever since hearing about the film, I wanted to see it. But could never see it in cinemas due to the pandemic. So I had to really wait still I could see this film. I loved this film. I loved how the animals actually looked “real” and I really love Buck as a character and seeing his development does show. That has to do with seeing his spirit animal show up a couple of times in this movie. Below is my review.
Due to the Pandemic, it felt like there was no way to get away from North Carolina. Florida is a 2nd home to me even though I am more of a mountain person. I have been going to Florida almost every year in my life. We couldn’t do everything we usually do thanks to the pandemic, but we still were able to to show ‘old’ and ‘new’ traditions. We still spent time at the beach, and I actually love walking on the beach to find sea glass- I collect sea glass.
I even collect Shark’s Teeth, which my mom is an expert on finding. One of our new traditions is having dinner at CAPS, which is one the Intercoastal Waterway. We wanted a sit outside, and we did—-that restaurant was able to social distance by having tables spread out and having only about a 50% capacity rate. There were less places to sit at CAPS than usual, but at least we still were able to keep that tradition along with visiting the Beach. The Beach my family visits isn’t fully crowded- it is a private beach. We still ate lunch at the pavilion.
At least, Florida happened. I may be a mountain person, but there are some things I love about the beach. Actually what I usually do at the beach has changed a lot throughout the years. It wasn’t until high school or college that I started collecting sea glass and shark’s teeth. In one of Fletcher proms, the theme was casino night, and I came home with a glass cup, which is home to my sea glass. At the top, there is actually a stuffed Falcon, which is Fletch ( the name of my high school mascot). Our mascot works: Fletcher Falcons- it sounds like the two belong together along with name of our mascot. Fletcher may be a small K-12 school, but it still meant a lot to me.
I also visited the Jacksonville Zoo. I saw gorillas, giraffes, elephants, black bears, lots of birds, Komodo Dragon, lions, tigers, and cheetahs- saw more than that. Just can’t remember the names.