Tuesday, June 23, 2009

EDMT Opens Les Miserables July 3

Photo from EDMT
Message from EDMT....

Themes of Independence Make this show a Must-See Over Fourth of July Weekend.

Rich in themes of independence, justice, mercy and redemption, El Dorado Musical Theatre’s production of Les Miserables opens at the Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theater in Folsom on July 3, running through July 12.

The $80,000 production, directed by EDMT’s Artistic Director Debbie Wilson, promises to be one of the best shows ever performed by El Dorado Musical Theatre. The show will include the trademark revolving stage, two barricades that weigh over 6,000 pounds, more than 1,000 costume pieces, four fog machines, 200 lighting instruments, and 65 incredibly talented cast members who, under the vocal direction of Jennifer Martin, sing with remarkable ease one of the most challenging musical scores ever written.

Known as the most popular musical of all time, Les Miserables has a long history of notoriety with over 31 cast recordings, productions performed in over 38 countries, the winner of over 50 major theater awards including eight 1987 Tony Awards and a Grammy for the Broadway cast album. In addition, Les Miserables is the second-longest-running show in Broadway history, with over 7,000 performances.

Based on the novel written by Victor Hugo, this epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. It follows the intertwining stories of a cast of characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution. The characters include a paroled convict named Jean Valjean who, failing attempts to find work as an honest man with his yellow ticket of leave, breaks his parole and conceals his identity; the police inspector Javert who becomes obsessed with finding Valjean; Fantine, the single mother who is forced to become a prostitute to support her young daughter Cosette. After her mother's death, Cosette becomes Jean Valjean's adopted daughter and eventually falls in love with a revolutionary student named Marius Pontmercy.

Then there are the Thénardiers, the unscrupulous innkeepers who initially foster Cosette, and who thrive on cheating and stealing; Éponine, their young daughter who is hopelessly in love with Marius; Gavroche, a young beggar boy and the young son of the Thénardiers; and a student leader Enjolras who plans the revolt to free the oppressed lower classes of France.

This blockbuster musical also showcases a Tony Award-winning score including the songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "A Little Fall of Rain," "Master of the House," and "On My Own."

Leading roles are played by Matt Provencal (Jean Valjean), Heather Clark (Cosette), Ted Pickell (Javert), Savannah Argyle (Fantine), Chris Meissner (Marius), Katherine Sorgea (Eponine), Lauryn Caruso and Jacob Goodyear (The Thenardiers), Spencer Borup (Enroljas), Zachary Norris (Gavroche) and Ireland Bonds (Young Cosette).

Ticket prices are $16.00-$20.00 and can be purchased online at http://www.edmt.info/ or by calling the box office at 916-941-SING. The school edition runs about two hours. A special preview performance will be held on July 3rd at 10:00 a.m. and all seats are $10.00. Group tickets are available.

No comments: