I promised that I would try to record my feelings about the experience I just had with all of you as we tackled a personal dream of mine: producing Les Miserables. It is still hard to put into words the wonderful experience this has been for me....and I hope for you. What an accomplishment. What a labor of love. What creativity...dedication....talent....determination went into this production. As a teacher/director I reveled in the personal growth of each of you as artists which I witnessed each rehearsal and with each performance. The sensitivity and reverence which you demonstrated throughout these past two months has been inspirational.
I joked that I have been in love with this musical since it first appeared on Broadway 25 years ago....back when I could have played young Cosette (I think I am stretching that a bit!!!) This was the musical that I decided to center my middle school general music class on and I was delighted to teach and teach and reteach the epic tale between 50 - 60 times. The three week unit was a high point as the music and story had the ability to grab a young teen's interest. What youngster doesn't enjoy action, good/evil, romance, intrigue, and powerful messages about living. When especially energetic, I would jump up on the piano bench and die the good Javert death.... In my mind the lights, costumes and set pieces were there. I loved those times and so it went without saying that I felt so honored and so fulfilled to be given the opportunity to translate my imaginings to a fully production that others could ACTUALLY see.....
We were so fortunate to be among a small handful of productions of Les Miserables that have been produced by non-equity houses since the rights were officially released this spring. There will be thousands of productions to come after and I wish for each and every one of them to be as fulfilling and have as dedicated and talented actors/techs/designers as we have been blessed with. Thank you, dear cast and crew, for making this experience a once in a lifetime one. I look forward to working with each and everyone of you in the very near future.
Diana Guhin Wooley
CEO LAMB Arts Ltd
417 Market Street Sioux City, IA 51103
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