Artist Q&A: Maggie Elizabeth May from Les Miserables
Posted Mar 08, 2018
After wearing out her 2-disk CD of Les Misérables as a child, Maggie Elizabeth May now tours with the production in the ensemble. She took time out from the road to answer a few questions about being part of an iconic show, the hardest part of traveling and what it is like to return to Wisconsin where family is nearby.
Q. How did you get involved with Les Misérables on tour?
A. I had to audition, doing “the grind” as we call it. For this production of Les Miz, I auditioned late in the game. I sang for the creative team once, went to the final audition a few days later, and was cast within a week.
Q. How does it feel to take part in such an iconic production?
A. When I was a little girl I listened to the Les Miz 2-disk CD so often, I wore it out and had to get a new copy. Over the past few years, I have auditioned for Les Miz many times, in productions across the world. I got very close every time, but alas, didn’t get the job. The day I found out I was cast in this production, I listened to One Day More for the first time in years (I could finally listen to it again without it breaking my heart). I jumped up and down in my room, cried happy tears and belted out all of the lines. I felt like I was home, and the little girl inside of me couldn’t believe she was finally going to perform in her favorite show.
Q. You’ve got a Wisconsin connection, having spent a summer here and often visiting – you’ve even spent some time in Appleton! What are you most looking forward to doing while you are in town?
A. Eating cheese curds and frozen custard, and visiting my extended family, The Reinhard’s(especially Papa). I also can’t wait to chat with the locals in Appleton-they are so friendly!
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My favorite part about traveling with a touring company is…visiting new places, going on adventures, talking to the locals and trying the famous food “staple” of the city.
The hardest part about traveling is…staying in hotels. I seem to have the worst luck with getting a clean room, I‘ve learned to laugh it off...kind of.
When I get to a new city the first thing I look for/do is…finding the local grocery store to buy kombucha, finding the local yoga studio to practice at, and then I unpack my bags. I have collected lots of “trinkets” from the road, and unpacking takes me quite some time!
The one thing I really want people to know before they see the show is…this story is timeless and truly relates to people today. Les Misérables explores the idea of what happens to society when it ignores its weakest members. It reminds us that we are more alike than we think and shows how one act of kindness can change the world. I hope the audience sees themselves in our story-but also sees their neighbors, children and homeless in their community and inspires them to make a positive impact in their world.