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by Marvel Goose on June 13, 2015

EbcosettePeach State Summer Theater opened its 2015 Season with a musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables.  Unfortunately, the play was staged in English.  It really needed to be done in French with English subtitles.  If it had been done in French, there would have at least been an excuse to print out the lyrics so one could have known what the blue Suzette was happening.

Like a lot of summer stock these days, the orchestration was taped especially for use in the theater and supplemented with a few musicians backstage. The thespians are expected to sing Karaoke-style complete with tiny flesh colored headsets and wireless microphones. Instead of projecting their voices to the back seats of the theater they modulated them for the microphone and thus surrendered themselves to the mercies of the sound-man who promptly buried them in the mix.

While trained Broadway actors have no problem with singing dialog it is obviously not part of the tool kit of actors who can afford to be hired to work in Valdosta.  Listening closely, you could see bawdy jokes fly by and over the heads of the audience and out the door leaving nary a chuckle in their wake. [click to continue…]

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