when i was in high school, i understudied for my best mate, who played marius. my cousin, who was also in the show, played cosette. we didn’t have the same last name, so nobody knew we were related, and because we thought it unlikely that i would go on as understudy, we didn’t feel the need to tell anyone. but because the show ran for only three days, my best mate called in sick on short notice so i could have the spotlight the night my family came to watch the musical. yes, we ended up kissing. twice.