On my way… by Marie

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


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!


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 😉




Dream the dream…

♪ I Dream A Dream ♪ (by Celinde Schoenmaker)


… with the amazing cast of Les Misérables, notably starring Geronimo Rauch as Jean Valjean, Tam Mutu as Javert, Danielle Hope as Eponine, Celinde Schoenmaker as Fantine, Jamie Ward as Marius, Samantha Dorsey as Cosette and Vicky Entwistle & Cameron Blakely as Les Thénardier !

I think the time has come to finally write this post in honour of this mind-blowing cast!

I am first going to talk about the extremely funny couple that is Les Thénardier, played by Vicky Entwistle & Cameron Blakely. These two are absolutely amazingly hilarious! Everything from their singing to their acting perfectly reflects the original characters, but they also have this kind of boldness, allowing them to make a mockery of the quite serious book characters… and this is simply genius!!! Another version of the roles, which is, in my opinion, totally adapted to the musical genre!

Les Thénardier

Vicky Entwistle & Cameron Blakely

Then, when it comes to the two main parts of the show, the Mackintosh theatre creatives couldn’t have picked better performers than the incredibly talented Geronimo Rauch (playing the role of Jean Valjean) and Tam Mutu (in the role of Javert)! These two guys not only leave you speechless when they perform on their own, but as a duet… they create such a powerful thing it is even hard to find words to describe it! They give you thrills in your entire body and reach such an amazing strength when they sing together that you feel like nothing and no one could stop them! The confrontation between Valjean and Javert is one of my favourite bits in the show, and it totally illustrates this ‘power’ I’m talking about!

Tam & Geronimo

Geronimo Rauch & Tam Mutu

And concerning my three favourites, well… I could write so much about them regarding how incredibly they blew me away the two times I saw them on stage!!! I’m sure you’ll easily guess that my number 1 favourite is no one but the outstanding Jamie Ward (in the role of Marius), very closely followed by Danielle Hope (playing Eponine) and Celinde Schoenmaker (playing Fantine)! These three are absolutely brilliant! Each of them made me cry at least once during the show (I wrote “at least“!!!)! They’re a very talented bunch of people! Jamie is a perfect Marius, a copy of the original character! His singing as well as his acting is pure and genuine! Every sound is deeply moving! Each time I saw him perform, it was truly sincere and profound… and that’s what made his performances so emotional! His Empty Chairs at Empty Tables is magnificently breathtaking, and I could also talk about all the passionate bits with his incredible Cosette, Samantha Dorsey! As far as Danielle Hope is concerned, she plays the role of Eponine to perfection! Eponine is my favourite character in Hugo’s book… probably because she’s the one I can the more easily identify myself with ;p! And I must say that Danielle’s Eponine really blew me away! She took me back into Victor Hugo’s book in the 19th century Paris, thus reviving the atmosphere of that time… and I believe that this is quite brilliant! And when it comes to the fantastic Celinde, who’s playing Fantine, the only thing that comes to my mind now is… WOW! This girl is so extraordinarily gifted! Her voice is pure gold and each performance is astonishingly strong and soft at the same time! She was very lucky to be in that show, that’s for sure, but I would say that it is, above everything, THIS SHOW, which was VERY lucky to have her!!! 3 words to describe these 3 performers: ALL SO AMAZING!!!

My 3 favouritesJamie Ward, Celinde Schoenmaker & Danielle Hope

“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


♪ One Day More

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post in honour of my favourite Les Mis cast! This show has been such an important part of my 6 months in England (and those of you who have been reading my articles for a little while will completely understand why ^^)!!! So I really hope you liked it!

With this, my budding West End connoisseurs, remember to…

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

And of course… to Dream the dream!

Lots of love ❤


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1, 2, 3, … London!!!

1, 2, 3, ... London!!!!

1, 2, 3, … London!!!!

I’m back from London but I already miss it a lot. This city has something special, I couldn’t say what exactly, but it has a kind of magic that, when you’re there, makes you think everything’s better here than anywhere else in the world! You agree, don’t you? Or maybe it is just me…

As usual, London didn’t disappoint me! And it might have something to do with the reunion with my dad & my little brother…

Indeed the reunion at the Saint-Ermins Hotel was more than a hearty welcome. I was really happy to see them again (and believe it or not, but especially my little bro who I’ve talked for hours to before we could start to do something like visiting or whatsoever!)

Welcome at the St-Ermins Hotel (London) !

Welcome at the St-Ermins Hotel (London) !

…but London wouldn’t be London without its marvelous sights!

Indeed during those four days, we’ve seen lots of things that London has to offer…

The V&A Museum

The V&A Museum

The British Museum and its amazing inside

The British Museum and its amazing inside

The very touristy Madame Tussauds Museum

The very touristy Madame Tussauds Museum

And let’s finish with the best memory I’ve brought back with me… THE awesome, amazing, stunning & everlasting MUSICAL… I’m obviously talking about Les Misérables

The must-see musical... Les Mis ♥♥♥

The must-see musical… Les Mis ♥♥♥

I really enjoyed this show!(but I think you got it 😉 !!!) The 6th of March 2013 will always stay in my mind as the best evening I’ve ever spent! The artists are more than amazing! I especially found the young boy who was playing Gavroche particularly impressing. To tell you the truth… the first time I read the book, I imagined Gavroche the way this boy gave him birth on stage that evening! But he’s not the only one who left his mark… Jamie Ward as Marius, Danielle Hope as Eponine, Geronimo Rauch as Jean Valjean, Celinde Schoenmaker as Fantine and Samantha Dorsey as Cosette are without any doubt & definitely my favorites!!! But Tam Mutu is an incredible Javert and Cameron Blakely knew how to make the character of Thénardier a bit funnier and less mean. In two words : an AMAZING CAST!!! The songs are simply stunning. But above all, there’s one thing I must say… Thank you, Victor Hugo! Because without him, this wouldn’t have even been possible!  I’d like to write a special post about this musical, so it may come one of these days… Excited?! I bet on it, yes!

With it, I hope you’ll like this article as much as I enjoyed those four days in London and…

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