Tuesday, February 25, 2014

29 Faces For February

"Les Miserables," continued  (For first installment, see entry of February 14, 2014)

Marius is involved with a group of young men who want to see an end to the returned monarchy and restoration of the Republic.  They meet over a wine shop and plan their moment to protest.  A popular public figure, General Lamarque, supports their cause but is near death.  It is decided to strike their demonstration during his funeral procession.  

The people line the streets, and during the procession, begin to sing, softly at first, then more vigorously.  The scene ends with Marius and the group's leader, Enjolras, waving a red flag, symbolic of the rebellious uprising.  

"Do you hear the people sing, singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people who will NOT be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
There is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!"

(These are just quick, rough sketches, done in one afternoon.  I left stray lines in, on purpose.)

The firebrand of the group, Enjolras, after the spirited song and flag waving.  The crowd is psyched for the uprising, and he is slightly out of breath. He wears a tricolor floret made with the bleu, blanche et rouge (blue, white and red) that were the colors of the French Revolution.

                                          Enjolras, played by Aaron Tveit.

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