Leo Choquette, from Merrimack, NH, is the Properties lead for Les Misérables. Leo states “this is the musical of all musicals - when I think of musicals, Les Misérables comes to my mind first!” Leo goes on to say “this is a period piece, and I’m in my element doing period pieces. I like to make the audience feel like they’re in that particular time period.” “I am more detailed oriented with theater than at home. I am a visual person so the overall look of the scenes with props needs to look good.” “When the audience is watching, it will look very realistic - they will feel like they are in the French Revolution time period. “Viva la France!”
Leo found the most challenging part of bringing this show to life was staying in the French Revolution time period the props have to be period specific and realistic. This is a very props heavy show with many interesting pieces!
Leo finds working on props for shows is his stress relief from everyday life. When he is the running props master, he just doesn’t put things on racks for the cast to get. He realized after working stage crew that costume changes are quick and if he can hand something off or take something back, it is one less thing the cast has to worry about. He says “if the cast has what they need for props when they need it, then I have done my job. I take pride in what I do!”
Leo remembers seeing his first Theatre production on Broadway, Annie Get Your Gun with Reba Macintyre. He was lucky to attend with his grandmother, mother and sister-in-law.
Leo, who has a degree in interior design, likes to shop at consignment stores, thrift shops, Goodwill, Salvation Army and antique houses looking for props.