(MURFREESBORO) The multi-award-winning musical Les Misérables School Edition, opens this Friday night at the Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St. It runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 (May 17 - June 2, 2019).
Victor Hugo's emotional, touching and uplifting story set to music follows an ex-convict through nineteenth century France as he creates a new life for himself. This production features a cast of students who are 18 years old or younger.
Denise Parton, who previously directed Hairspray in 2018 and Legally Blonde in 2017 and was recently seen on stage in Calendar Girls in 2019, is sitting in the director's chair once again.
"I have always been very selective with the stories I tell," says Parton. "I will not direct just for the sake of directing. It must be a story I believe is worth telling. Is the story redemptive? Can the cast as well as the audience relate? Is it a life changing aspect?"
Les Misérables centers around Jean Valjean (Sam Downer), an ex-convict who is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment for stealing a loaf of bread. As the outcast faces a lifelong struggle for redemption, he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert (Wil Hansen,) who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Throughout his journey he encounters Fantine (Karisha Glover) and vows to find and raise her orphaned daughter, Cosette (Macey Rose). After years of solitude, Valjean risks his own life to save the man she loves in the Paris student uprising of 1812. It is then he is reunited with Javert and the rest of the story unfolds. Featuring the well known songs, 'I Dreamed a Dream', 'On My Own' and 'Bring Him Home', Les Misérables is arguably one of the best loved musicals of all time. It is a story of redemption and how one life can change the course of many.
Come join the cast of unforgettable characters in this epic tale of passion and redemption in the throes of revolution.
Tickets start at $14 and are currently on sale at boroarts.org, by calling 615-904-ARTS (2787), or at the Center for the Arts Box Office, 110 West College Street, in downtown Murfreesboro.
This production is rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements.
Les Misérables runs Friday, May 17 - Friday, June 2.
LES MISÉRABLES PERFORMANCE DATES:
Fridays - 7:30 pm
Saturdays - 7:30 pm
Sundays - 2:00 pm
Adult $18.00; Seniors (65+)/Students/Military: $16.00; Children: $14.00
Discount of $2.00/ticket for groups of 10 or more. Call 615-904-2787 for group reservations.
FOR TICKETS & SEASON PASSES PLEASE VISIT BOROARTS.ORG OR CALL 615-904-2787
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS:
The mission for the Center for the Arts, Inc. is to enhance the quality of our community by providing a variety of arts and opportunities which will educate and entertain people of all ethnicity, ages, and income levels. The Center for the Arts will advance art awareness through quality theatrical productions, musical performances, art exhibits, educational programs, life-long learning and community activities thus improving overall quality of life in our community.
The Center for the Arts opened to the public on December 1, 1995 and was originally funded by the City of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. In 2008 The Center became a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization and now depends on the generosity of the public for funding. Since it's opening, the Center for the Arts has been presenting theatrical productions, visual art exhibitions, music concerts, dance performances and educational classes.
Les Misérables Cast List:
Jean Valjean - Sam Downer
Javert - Wil Hansen
Fantine - Karisha Glover
Eponine - Aurora Boe
Cosette - Macey Rose
Marius - Jonathan Hazen
Thenardier - Jordan Taylor
Madame Thenardier - Journey Parton
Young Cosette - Ashleigh Chambers
Young Eponine - Caprice Ciletti
Enjolras - Cameron Curtis
Gavroche - Andrew Hansen
Courfeyrac - Jack Jones
Grantaire - Benjamin Hansen (also Bishop of Digne, and Bamatabois
Prouvaire - Chris Keiningham
Joly - Zach Dame
Lesgles - Jude Williams
Feuilly - Alec LeBlanc
Combeferre - Jakholbi Murry
Hailey - Ann Harlan - Girl #5
Sarah Gwen Arnold
Emma Beth Petty
Thenardier's Band of Thieves:
Montparnasse - Luke Greer
Brujon - Saxton Constant (also Fauchelevant)
Claquesous - Ryan Hazen
Babet - Aiden Shirk