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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I was HOME… I was in London <3

“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.” 
― Lauren Myracle

London has become my little world, my other home, my shelter…

Wow! That was a very intense weekend! I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone 😮 !!! I was so looking forward to telling everything (or almost :p!) but I’ve got so many things to tell about this weekend that this post is only the first of a long list! As I had told you last week, I spent the past three days in London… I wanted to go back there at least once before going back to France at the end of this week :s!

This weekend was truly amazing! I’ve done lots of things within such a short time… I couldn’t even imagine that was possible :p! I also met some friends there I eventually had to say goodbye to… and to be honest, that was really really hard! It was very emotional (but I’ll tell you a bit more about that part in another article ;)!!!).

Let’s focus on everything I did when I was there…

First I chose an hotel in the district of Soho, which means I was really not far from all the theatres and thus the “musical world” ^^ (that’s just SO part of London that I couldn’t be far from it)! That was so great! This place honestly never sleeps at night! This is amazing!

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The first thing I did when I arrived on the Friday evening was to go for a walk to Piccadilly… Just to realise that I was well and truly home again :)! You know!? When you come back in the city you love and you view as your own home, you simply need to feel that you definitely belong there… all over again!

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On the Saturday morning, I went to Covent Garden (definitely one of my favourite places in London)! I did a bit of shopping for my dad (as it was Father’s day yesterday ^^) and took some lovely pics…(at least, I hope you’ll like them :p). I went to my favourite shop, The Tea Palace (haha #tealover) and also to the adorable & colourful Pylone shop! While discovering the pics below, you’ll notice that I couldn’t prevent myself from going back to the place I met this person, who is such an incredible friend to me now #StarbuckS :)! I also spent about an hour listening to the gorgeous voice of Evie Anderson! This girl is truly amazing… she definitely should have her place at the theatre, opera or whatsoever! I liked her performance so much that I even bought her CD and I took a video of her singing the brilliant song of Les Mis, I dreamt a dream… What else?! :p

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And finally, on the Sunday, I met two Uni friends who did their placement in London and who were my guides through central London… That was such a lovely day… except from the rain :/

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Here it is, my lovely ones… the first post about my weekend in London! I hope you’ll like it and I wish you a very nice Monday afternoon :)!!!

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” 
― Sarah DessenWhat Happened to Goodbye

It is indeed thanks to all the amazing people I met in London that allows me now to say that this place is home too…

(Just a glimpse of one of the next coming articles 😉 xxx)

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

xoxo


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❤ Liebster Blog Award ❤

Woooow! This is actually really exciting! This is my very first award, my first blog award! How cool is that!

Well, anyway, I’ve been nominated by , who wrote:On My Way:  Lovely style of writing, very intelligent.” What can I say now, but… THANK YOU SO MUCH! This is really nice of you to say :)!

To be honest with you, I had never heard about this award before… but I think it’s a very nice thing to do as an award is always a kind of acknowledgement. So it means a lot, at least as far as I’m concerned, to know some people really like my blog and the posts I write :). Thank you SO MUCH for that, guys! ★

THE RULES

The recipient must post 11 fun facts about themselves

The recipient must also answer 11 questions created by the award giver

The recipient must give the award to 11 new bloggers with less than 200 followers and post 11 questions for them to answer

These 11 bloggers must be told they have been given the award

They will in turn pass the award on to 11 new bloggers of their choice (no tagging back the award giver)

  • 11 facts about me… 

1. I used to have my 15 minutes of craziness.

2. I am a TV series and musical addict!

3. I could read Les Misérables over & over again!

4. I apparently hold my cutlery the wrong way round.

5. I used to pronounce ‘pyjama’ like ‘pigeon’!

6. Still can’t pronounce ‘law’ properly :s (and lots of other words… but I’m not worried, it will come ;)!)

7. I can’t stand wearing two different socks! I like when everything’s perfectly coordinated! :p

8. Cookery Books and Magazines are my guilty pleasure!

9. I Love Teddy Bears – I’ve got a beautiful collection (sorry, I can’t tell you how many! Maybe… Probably TOO MANY :p!)

10. I may be a bit clumsy sometimes…

11. … that’s why my nickname is “Catastrophe Marie”! (Don’t Laugh!)

1. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?

I often compare myself to a “revolution”, as I am passionate, determined & always have that kind of “rage” inside of me. I’m the kind of person who’s always pushing through the hardships and who wants to do what’s best for others. 😉

2. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?

Being away from my family, I think.

3. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are (why)?

Between 20 & 22, which is not a big difference with my actual age… but that’s the age people usually give me regarding how I look but also the maturity I’ve got thanks to all the not-really-good things life has brought my family lately.

4. What does ‘The American Dream’ mean to you?

Dreaming BIG!

5.What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?

It was the day my dad brought our little black cat at home (well, he was little at the time, but he is really MASSIVE today :s!)

6. What are three moral rules you will never break?

1) Respecting everybody (whoever they are) / 2) Never eating horse meat! / 3) Always doing the best to forgive people

7. What is your most prized possession?

My horse!

8. What has been the most terrifying moment of your life thus far?

When somebody tried to kidnap me at a fun fair when I was little.

9. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

When my best friend (at time, because apparently, he doesn’t accept this term anymore!!!) stood up for me when I was being bullied in middle school.

10. What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year?

Always smile to people who can’t & be nice to everyone even if some people are rude (it’s not a reason for us to be rude as well!)

11.What one ‘need’ and one ‘want’ will you strive to achieve in the next twelve months?

‘One need’ : I need to know that my family is gonna be alright when I’m gone, when I leave France for good to come & live in England.

‘One want’ : I want to “look after” my friendships, whether they are old ones (Thibault, Guillaume, Amélie, Maëlle, Nadia, Pauline, Abichoupette) or burgeoning ones (Melody, Fay, Jamie)

  • 11 Blogs I nominated for the Liebster Blog Award… I love so many blogs, but I had to pick only 11 (it was really hard, believe me!!!!) … so I’m sorry for those I didn’t nominate :s
  1.  Flavie Peticoeur – Without any doubt… My FAVORITE!
  2. Conker & Indigo Makes – Such a delicious reading!
  3. FINGER, FORK & KNIFE – A SO YUMMY Blog!!!
  4. In the Clouds – Always very lovely posts!
  5. Fille Sans Shampoing – The Girliest!
  6. Les Recettes du Panier – Very Fresh!
  7. THE FASHION SECRET – A must-read Blog! For all the Fashion addicts x
  8. My Sweet Street – Always nicely illustrated!
  9. Dépêches Mode – DEFINITELY Fashionable!
  10. Madame Paillettes – Need any advice for your nails? Well… THIS Blog is FOR YOU 😉
  11. Loetitia Cuisine – If you want to find nice vegetarian recipes…
  • My Questions for my 11 dearies…
  1. If you were an animal, what would you be? and why?
  2. If you were a painting, which one would you be? and why?
  3. If you were a place, what would you be? and why?
  4. If you were a concept, what would you be? and why?
  5. If you were a book, which one would you be? and why?
  6. If you were someone else, who would you be? and why?
  7. If you were a man/a woman (pick the opposite gender), who would you be? and why?
  8. If you were a film, which one would you be? and why?
  9. If you were a meal, what would you be? and why?
  10. If you were a song, which one would you be? and why?
  11. If you were a blog (not yours), which one would you be? and why?

And what would be one of my post without you-know-what?

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

xoxo

PS: Thanks again to ‘ for the nomination 😉 Cheerios!!!