Summer Days

posted by Sharon August 5, 2014 18 Comments

Here’s a recipe for fun in the summertime: Theater under the stars on a warm evening, with a live orchestra, in a venerable outdoor theater atop a mountain, sharing the joy with family and friends. Just look at the view as we arrived. And the show is my favorite of all–Les Mis. This story of freedom and redemption would soon fill the skies with its poignant music.

An added treat this evening was running into people who had flown in from other states to visit here and come to the show. We held a spontaneous, fun reunion with lots of hugs and chatter.

Then we took our seats and the director welcomed us.

He told us he first saw Les Mis at the age of 9, when his parents took him to New York. He remembered the impact the story had on him. Victor Hugo’s character, Jean Valjean, is a picture of grace and kindness. Les Mis contains all the elements that move us — injustice, illness, child abuse, adoption, sacrifice, unrequited love, battle, rescue, and a wedding.

The lights dimmed, and we were swept along in this tale. And the funny scenes — they are hilarious indeed. It’s good to laugh.

The main characters sing out the theme at the close of the play — my favorite line:

To love another person is to see the face of God.

We will long treasure this summer evening of stars, story, and song.

How about you? What are you up to this summer?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s texture kk-3003. Also linking up with the return of Song-ography, where the theme this week is “Hot Fun in the Summertime.”

 

 

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18 Comments

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dalettre August 5, 2014 at 11:51 am

Oh, wow…how cool is that!?

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Tamar August 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm

How amazing to see Les Miz outside!! One of my all time favorites right there!

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kathy August 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Oh WOW….this looks like an amaaaaazing experience! I love Les Mis too…and that last line of the song gets me EVERY TIME too. A beautiful way to spend a summer evening. Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

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nicki August 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Not especially a fan of Les Miserables, but hearing and watching an outdoor performance is such a treasure. So glad you had the chance to enjoy this show on a warm summer evening outside.

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Thoughts from the Desktop August 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm

A great experience to see such a great show outside…

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elizabethfstewart August 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm

What a wonderful experience to enjoy on a summer evening. Great photos!

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Evelyn in Oregon August 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Outdoor theater…how wonderful! I read Les Miserables as a high school student, oh so many years ago. Finally, I saw the film last year. It’s a terrific story, isn’t it?

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Marilyn August 5, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I’m wondering where you l Iive to have this great outdoor theater.

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Dotti August 5, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I have to agree – this is a terrific summertime activity. Your photos really capture the essence of this marvelous event.

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Earl August 6, 2014 at 1:48 am

Wonderful series of photos. I think this must be San Diego, CA. At least one of the signs at the entry says San Diego something.

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Sharon August 6, 2014 at 1:56 am

Earl, you are right! I live in San Diego. This is Mt. Helix, a high point in the city. Good detective work 🙂

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Pieni Lintu August 6, 2014 at 6:19 am

Sounds great!

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Karen August 6, 2014 at 11:06 am

What a wonderful way of celebrating the summer!

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Anne@Grit and Giggles August 7, 2014 at 5:43 am

What a great thing to do. I love Les Mis and have been seeing it every few years since I was a child. As I have grown so has my understanding of it.

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Love Happy Notes - Daily Fun and Inspiration August 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

Fantastic photos!

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prairiejill August 8, 2014 at 2:06 am

Oh, I love Les Miz! (I usually cry all the way through it!) Great photos of a lovely evening.

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Catherine August 8, 2014 at 7:16 am

Oh my goodness, how fabulous! I love Les Miz,… and under the stars must have been magical! Wonderful photos…

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Jade @ Tasting Grace August 10, 2014 at 7:35 am

That sounds amazing, and what a fantastic venue!

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