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Les Miserables to be performed by Village Arts

December 28, 2012
Submitted information , Pierce County Tribune

At last!

I've been waiting 23 years to be able to do my favorite musical of all time "Les Miserables" (French for The Miserable Ones). The book, by the same name, was written by Victor Hugo in 1862 and is considered by many the greatest novel of the 19th century.

I have seen the musical twice in London, several years apart, and obviously it has made quite a lasting impression on me.

But I'm not alone.

"Le Miserables" has won 70 awards, has been seen by over 230 million people around the world, and has been translated into 21 different languages. This year it was made into a movie, set to come out on Christmas Day.

No amateur production has been allowed (only a concert version and a shortened youth version) until now. You may have seen a professional touring shows in one of the larger cities as I did. When our New York agent said we were on the list of amateur theatres to be licensed, we were excited. Earlier they said it would not be before 2015-16.

Is it a challenging show? Yes! But we've done challenging shows with success before. I am confident we can do this show. We will need vocalists and actors of all ages with varying degrees of ability and experience to play the leads and support roles.

An energetic ensemble (chorus) of singers and non-singers is required to backup the leads. One does not need to sing well, or even at all. We have our ways of making that possible.

"Les Miserables" is known as a Pop Opera, meaning the story is told through the music, not the dialogue. It's called a sing-through show. "Cats" is a Pop Opera, so is "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Most Broadway musicals today are Pop Opera or Rock Opera. It's the trend.

We will be inviting our stage veterans to commit to the show and hopefully attract new talent to participate. We need these commitments now before it's too late to refund the hefty royalties for a newly released show like "Les Miserables".

We will begin rehearsals the last part of May. The average number of rehearsals is between 26-30 evenings, five days a week from 7 to 10 (later for dress rehearsals) and only two weekend rehearsals before the performances June 24-27.

With five months before rehearsals, you could get in shape, gain or lose weight, vocalize, grow a beard, let your hair grow, etc.

- Submitted by Glory Monson, Village Arts



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