On my way… by Marie

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life


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E-Interview with Celinde Schoenmaker

Wow! I’m finally releasing this post I was really looking forward to writing! I promised some of my readers another interview with a cast member of Les Misérables, and it was obvious to me to choose Celinde, as she is one of my three favourite performers of the former cast (I’m by the way talking about it a little bit more in this post here :)… in case you would have missed it ^^ !!!).

Celinde is an amazing performer! She was playing Fantine in Les Misérables and is about to play Jenny in Love Story. This girl is just brilliant! As I have already written it in another post, her voice is GOLD… I mean it sounds like gold (if it makes sense to you?!)! Every note is beautiful and makes each second of a performance magic! When you listen to her, you’re like in a completely different world! Her voice and the way she sings is so marvellously exquisite & angelic & pure that you feel it can’t be real… Not even after a second, you’re not in this world anymore… A second is well enough for her to cast her magic spell, and this spell is not casted with a wand… but with a voice!

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Having said that, I think I’ll try to plan a little trip to Holland to go see her Jenny ;)! And I actually hope most of my readers will try to do the same, because she’s way worth it!!!

With this, let’s focus on the main point of this article… her interview! Or slightly E-Interview! Indeed, it was too complicated for both of us to meet, so I effectively couldn’t do the same as with Jamie’s interview :/! It’s true to say that I prefer interviewing someone who is in front of me, but one can sometimes not manage to do everything they want so… :(! I would have loved to meet her, as I think she’s a very nice person and as my first interview with a member of this very friendly-looking former cast went pretty well (I think I can say that ^^, it was a really lovely time), but also as she is keen on horse riding, well… I think we could have understood each other :p!!

1. Who is Celinde Schoenmaker? 

Celinde schoenmaker is a 24 year old dutchie who likes to sing and act !


2. Have you always wanted to have a career in musical theatre?

Yes, ever since I was about 8 years old and started as Tessie in Annie the musical!

3. How would you qualify the importance of musical theatre in your life? 


VERY important, it’s my big love! 

4. Every little girl has a dream… what was yours? 


Becoming a vet! Haha, and then a pilot and then I thought… No I gotta do something on stage! 

5. How did you come to play the role of Fantine in Les Misérables in London? 


I auditioned for it! Came over when I heard they were auditioning.

6. How would you describe what/how you felt when you learnt you were coming to the West End?

Oh wow, that was the best feeling in the world!!! It’s any actors dream to be on West End at some point in your career. So I felt incredibly lucky! 


7. What did this experience bring you eventually? Professionally or/and personally speaking?


I mean, as a performer I gained my first bit of experience, ’cause I only graduated a year ago. It was great for me to stand on my own, to feet again, after having spent 4 years at drama school.

8. What is Celinde Schoenmaker’s typical day of work?

Ohhh that changed a bit now because I’m waiting for Love story to start. But a typical day would be… me getting up late, getting breakfast, talking with some friends on Facetime or Skype (if I’m working abroad), going to the gym, getting some food, and then going to do the show! But because we’re touring with Love Story, I think it might be a bit different time-wise. 


9. Do you have a kind of “special routine” or little tips so as to get ready before the shows? 


Always vocal warm up, and I drink water…. other than that if the show’s really in my body, I don’t have to prepare for hours!

10. What do you like the most about your job?

I LOVE singing on stage and sharing my part of the story with the audience. Gives me goosebumps thinking about it. 


11. Among all the shows you’ve been in, is there one you particularly really fancied? 


LES MIS of course! Because it was my first job after drama school and I’ve loved the show since I was a little girl. Also, Fantine was my dream role !

12. Do you have a favourite musical? If yes, which one? 
Is there a particular sort of musicals you really like? (regarding the main themes of a musical)


LES MIS!  I think it’s the mother of all musicals.

13. In Les Mis… Who is your favourite character? Would you have rather played another character that would maybe have been closer to you? What’s your favourite song? And which song of that show speaks the most to you?


I think…. Javert, just because I would love to sing Javert’s Suicide! Fantine was always the one part I wanted to play. I think my favorite song of the show is of course I dreamed a dream and…. the Confrontation.

14. Do you have hobbies? Things you like doing (apart from singing ^^)?

I LOVE CYCLING! In Holland I cycle everywhere. Ehm, I also love dancing, and I’ve had a horse for a long time but had to stop when I was 18 when I went to England. But I still love to do that!


15. Do you have any project after that fantastic show? I heard you were going back to Netherlands?

I’m doing a Disney Concert in August and then in September I’m starting Love Story


16. I’ve also got a few questions from your Twitter Fan page @CelindeSHair :


   a. What is your vocal range?

Vocal range: high soprano. 

We can by the way admire another performance of Celinde in the video below! 😉

   
b. What is your character like in LOVE STORY? (as it apparently is what’s next for you^^)

Jenny is a strong & bright young woman who is a student at Radcliff University, falls in love with Oliver, she gives up her dream of becoming a professional musician to be with him but then she gets sick…

And here it is my lovely, the very expected interview of Celinde Schoenamker :)! I’m more than happy to have done that and I would like to thank Celinde a lot for taking some of her time to answer all my questions! That’s very kind of you, so thanks a lot!!!  Xxx

Another interview of the amazing Celinde –>

With this,

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

xoxo


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Saying goodbye…

♪ Looking through your eyes

I could never find a safer place

Even if I tried…

Don’t ever let me go

I know I’m ok

Wrapped in your arms…. I’m home ♪

Wrapped in your arms – Firelight 

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Don’t let me go… Keep me in your arms…

To all the fantastic people I’ve met over here in England; to you guys who are my friends and who it is so hard to say goodbye to, to all of you… Caroline, Melody, Jamie, Becky, Jenna, Laura, and the lovely twins Stela & Julia, to each of you… I’ve never thought it was going to be that hard, but leaving you here literally is a HEARTBREAK!!!

Not a long ago, a friend reminded me that… “Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again!” Even if it doesn’t seem like it right now, even if it’s still hard to believe, even if everything looks like it is all over… when you truly think about it, it’s just… true! And as hard as it is for me right now, as painful as all these goodbyes are (whether they were said in London this last weekend or this week on Hayling), I would like to leave England with this state of mind, I want to leave with HOPE! Cassandra Clare once wrote “Every meeting led to a parting, and so it would, as long as life was mortal. In every meeting there was some of the sorrow of parting, but in everything parting there was some of the joy of meeting as well.” I precisely want to leave with THIS feeling, with this pain due to the separation (because it is actually unavoidable!) mixed with the joy of seeing all these people I love again! Thus, you’ll understand I’d rather say “I SEE YOU SOON” instead of “GOODBYE” (which is, let’s say it, so much more depressing)!!!

This post is probably the most difficult I have had to write… Not because of a lack of inspiration or anything, but simply because it moves me a lot… One sometimes says that “tears are words the heart can’t say”, “a grief that can’t be spoken”. But as you can’t see me, I have to do my best to express what’s within my tears right now…

Kiera Cass once wrote “You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” I also want to add: ‘I will always be thankful for everything you’ve brought me and I know you will keep on bringing”. You arrived into my life and left your footprints on my heart and I know that having you in my life totally changed me… you changed me for good, even maybe for the better ❤

I know I will all see you again, wherever it may be… England, France, Europe, or another continent! But it’s not really where we’ll meet again that matters… What’s truly important is to realise that wherever we are from each other, wherever we go, wherever we’ll be… as far as I’m concerned, you’ll always be in my heart, you’ll live in my heart forever! And you know what one says?! “People who live in your heart are living with you!” You see? Now that you’re in my heart, you’ll be with me forever and we’ll never be apart… So don’t be afraid because I’m leaving… because I love you always, I love you with my heart!

Now I just hope that I’ll be in your hearts as well as you’re in mine… because as Pittacus Lore once wrote “Every beat of my heart belongs to you, whether you ask for it or not.” So don’t give up on me… because I WON’T give up on you!

Just think about this quote of Richard Bach…

“Can miles truly separate you from friends…. If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there? “

So to all of you, my lovely ones, Caroline, Melody, Jamie, Becky, Jenna, Laura, and Stela & Julia, I am not saying GOODBYE… I’m saying I SEE YOU VERY SOON :* Xxx

For this special post, I will change my “motto” a bit and write…

Keep holding on to who you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉 ‘Cause Look! You never know who you’re going to find on your way… 😉

You and I will meet again

When we’re least expecting it

One day in some far off place

I will recognize your face

I won’t say goodbye my friend

For you and I will meet again

~Tom Petty

MUCH LOVE TO ALL OF MY ENGLISH FRIENDS ❤ ❤ ❤ and to all of you, my sweet readers!

xoxo

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From across the sea… 

Is this what it feels like to really cry? I shall guess so… But as painful as these tears may be, there’s nonetheless & somehow good news… These tears are the proofs that you’re in my heart ❤


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Everything happens for a reason so… Let me love you ❤

“Sometimes you want to say, “I love you, but…”
Yet the “but” takes away the ‘I love you’. In love their are no ‘buts’ or ‘if’s’ or ‘when’. It’s just there, and always. No beginning, no end. It’s the condition-less state of the heart. Not a feeling that comes and goes at the whim of the emotions. It is there in our heart, a part of our heart…eventually grafting itself into each limb and cell of our bodies. Love changes our brain, the way we move and talk. Love lives in our spirit and graces us with its presence each day, until death.

To say “I love you, but….” is to say, “I did not love you at all”.

I say this to you now: I love you, with no beginning, no end. (…) Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly.” 


― Coco J. Ginger

I’m not going to mention or tag anyone in this article, because I know that people I’m writing this post for will recognise themselves, and because I also know that everyone who’s been following my blog for the past few months will know, without any difficulty, who I’m talking about… (and if you don’t, well the only thing left to do is read my other posts ^^).

Everything happens for a reason… I totally, completely, absolutely agree with that! Especially now. My 6-month placement is progressively coming to an end, and I would lie if I said it didn’t make me sad… I feel a bit down for lots of reasons, but there’s one thing that particularly makes me blue, and this is nothing but leaving all the wonderful people I’ve met over here, in England (and they’re not all British :p!)! Thus, this post is mostly for all of them, but also for all the other lovely people I know and who I want to say… Let me love you!

I truly believe that each person has a heart full of love (no, it’s not a reference to the Les Mis’ song! I’m seeing you coming :p!!! I mean it word for word!), a soul that is only waiting  for giving all that love. We are made of love and the only thing we really want, or slightly we really need is offering our love to all the amazing people, who came into our lives one way or another… Don’t you think?!

So today, I would like to say to all the great people I have met in my life so far that I’ll be standing here, waiting for them to be ready to receive all the love I want to give them… I want to tell them: “Just believe in me, I’ll be waiting for you, here inside my heart… I’m the one who wants to love you more…” (I’m sure those last lines quite ring a bell to you, my lovely ones, do they not?!) 🙂

So… just so they know, just so you know… I won’t give up on any of these people, I won’t give up on any of you… because as I previously said it, they came into my life one day and I don’t believe that it was random! I am made of love, like everyone… I truly believe that! And the only thing that would made my life complete is to give my love.

So I’m gonna repeat what the quote I put at the beginning of this article says… ‘I say this to you now: I love you, with no beginning, no end. (…) Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly.’ 

With this, my lovely ones, I’m just gonna leave you with that little extract of a lovely poem that I hope will accompany you all your day 🙂

Be a best friend, tell the truth
Overuse “I love you,”
Go to work, do your best
Don’t outsmart your common sense
Never let your praying knees get lazy
And love like crazy” 

― Tim James & Doug Johnson, performed by Lee Brice

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

Much LOVE to all of you, my dear readers ❤

xoxo


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Feeling blessed to know THEM…

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“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

(That’s what I’m gonna try to do anyway… make this post worth remembering for all the people it is dedicated to…)

“THEM”… all the fantastic people I’ve met and learnt to know lately. Their names? You probably don’t care, but I nonetheless want to mention them, because it matters to me… I’m sure you already know both Florence (also called Flavie Peticoeur on her blog, my adorable #PetitChatPréféré) and Jamie (the lovely & amazing current Marius, performing in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre in London) I had the chance to interview a bit earlier this year! You may also know Chloé (from La penderie de Chloé – blog) who shares a common taste for cider (not to say LOVE… you’re gonna think we’re alcoholic :p! Actually naww, not with cider :p!!!). I would also like to talk about three incredible British girls, whose names are Caroline, Becky and Laura (a very great bunch of people ^^). And the last persons I want to mention are the incredible girls, running Jamie Ward’s and Celinde Schoenmaker’s fan pages; I’m obviously talking about my very much loved Jenna & Stela and Julia (Love you, girls xxx)!

Now that I’ve made the presentations, I think I can start explaining why I feel so blessed. I’m saying “blessed”, but I could also say “thankful” and “lucky”, or even “happy”… because those people are SIMPLY & TRULY amazing, and they do make me happy :)!

Steve Maraboli once wrote, “It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” When I arrived in England, I was totally, completely broken… my family was entirely destroyed, my life in France was kind of a mess (and… still is, to be honest, but I’ll deal with that when I’m back :s), I couldn’t see the good things in life anymore… (hopefully, the only things I could hold on to were my cat and my horse – fortunately, my very much loved horse is still here, living his BEAUTIFUL horse life, and still not bothered by all the bullshit life can bring :p, but my little cat is not well at all and it truly kills me 😦 …)  but since then… I met some very lovely, adorable, amazing, incredible, gentle and sweet people over here… across the sea 😉 (I could find lots of adjectives of that kind to describe them, but I think I shall stop here for the moment ^^)! And those people (that now includes the ones I mentioned at the very beginning of this post) changed everything… In a word, they gave me my smile back :D! What’s more important than that?! Nothing really… I think they simply proved me, showed me that there was a place to belong to, a place where a happy life was well and truly possible, this so very special and cherished place, where I met them… England!

So, yeah! I feel blessed and thankful and lucky to know these people… my lovely British family, Caroline, Jamie, Florence, Chloé, Jenna, Becky, Laura, Stela and Julia…

So to you, guys, who have spent at least four minutes with me in some way :p, I just want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for being in my life today, thank you for bringing joy back in my life, thank you for being who you are and doing what you do! I love you like I love sparkles, I love you like I love my horse and cat, I love you like I love my family and I love you like I love having the last word ;p! And, believe me, THAT’S real love ;)! Xxx

(I would like to say a special thank you to Jamie, who definitely made my day the other evening (see! I have still not got over it ;p!) when he sent that very sweet & lovely tweet). 🙂

With this, the only thing I’d like to wish you, my very dear readers, is to feel that way too… Feeling thankful and blessed for what and who you have in your life that makes you happy… I truly & sincerely wish this for all of you, simply because, I think, that’s one of the keys to happiness, to YOUR happiness 😉

So…

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

Much love ❤

xoxo