Trinity Crusaders' Les Misérables production opens tonight at 7pm, two more evening shows on March 8 and 9 and the last show is on March 10 at 2pm. Buy tickets online for discount here.
The 12-piece orchestra directed by Chris Rich is behind the set. We have monitors back there so we can hear the singers through their mics.
This is part of the famous barricade. From the pit I can't see this side of the barricade.
In fact, the violin part is quite busy and I don't get to see what's going on on the stage. The only part I can look out is "Master of the House" where Monsieur and Madame Thérnardier host customers at their inn.
It's probably hard to hear the strings in this orchestration. It's 2 keyboards, violin, cello, oboe/English horn, flute/piccolo/clarinet/alto sax (one player!), 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, drums and electric bass. I was playing as loud as I could at the first rehearsal but boy, I couldn't keep playing like that for the entire show! I felt like my arms would fall off. But now we have a condenser mic that picks up strings and winds. That really helps!!
This is what "Fantine's Death" looks like -- 7 flats (all notes are flat)! Not a big deal because it goes to a different key within a minute. Key changes happen almost in every 3-4 lines in theater music. There are lots of tempo changes, too. It's challenging without a conductor but our director on keyboard is very clear. As I sit the closest to him, I'm partially helping transmitting the tempo to the back of the pit.