Kudos to David Post, Steve Barnes and the entire cast and crew of Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth’s production of Les Miserables, which delighted and astonished audiences in seven sold-out performances Jan. 29-Feb 7. Big thanks also to the actors from Burlington-Edison High’s upcoming production of the show, who filled in on short notice when illness struck several cast members the second weekend, as well as to BAAY’s staff and volunteers, who helped make the whole thing possible. Les Miz was vintage BAAY, not only because its young actors performed with an extraordinary degree of artistic and emotional maturity, but because of the qualities they demonstrated when adversity struck — determination, adaptability, generosity, teamwork and grace under pressure. These talented young people are not just great actors and singers, they are great people. Bellingham is so fortunate to have an organization like BAAY that both inspires and empowers its students to shine not just as performers, but as the next generation of community leaders. If you missed the show, there’s talk of a revival at the MBT in April, and Burlington-Edison High’s production premiers the third weekend In March. Go support these amazing kids. And hooray for BAAY!
Anna Evans, Bellingham