Ann Arbor Civic Theatre to Perform Les Mis in September
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre will be performing Les Miserables at UM’s Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre from September 5-8. I remember seeing the play on Broadway as a high school student, and recommend the play for older tweens, teens, and adults.
Update 1: Since the press release below, they have added an additional 2p show on Saturday, September 7
Update 2 (8/28): Prices have been corrected in the press release below. They were wrong in the original press release that Ann Arbor Civic Theatre sent out.
See the press release below for more details on their production:
A2CT’S LES MISERABLES STORMS THE MENDELSSOHN
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents the iconic musical Les Miserables, directed by Rachel Francisco, September 5-8, 2013, at UM’s Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, 48109. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets are $25, with tickets at $22 for seniors and $13 for students. On Thursday only, all seats are $19, with $13 tickets for students. Tickets and information are available online at www.a2ct.org, through the A2CT office at 734-971-2228, or at the door of the theater before each performance.
An epic tale, Les Miserables is a story of tragedy, love, personal journeys, and redemption. Set in 19th century France, Les Mis tells the story of convict Jean Valjean, who breaks parole and runs for his life. He strives to leave his past behind to raise the orphaned Cosette, but faces repeated challenges that he struggles to overcome. Hunted through the years by the tireless policeman Javert, he encounters figures from his past who appear at the most inopportune times. When he finds himself in the midst of a revolution, he evolves again while his now-grown Cosette falls in love with a student revolutionary. He ultimately sacrifices himself to protect the people he loves.
“Jen (music director Jen Goltz-Taylor) and I have wanted to do this show for years,” says director Rachel Francisco. “We pounced on the rights literally the day they became available. Our production is large and gritty and filled with talented singers.” Adds Goltz-Taylor, “A2CT’s production, while showcasing the powerful performances of our principals, is not primarily concerned with highlighting the famous moments everyone already knows — although those moments undoubtedly shimmer — nor reproducing in any way the celebrated recent film version of the musical. Instead, we’ve set out to tell with honesty and heart the intertwined personal stories of these beloved characters, the tragedy of failed revolution and the simple moral triumph of doing the right thing.”
Les Miserables features music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg from the book by Victor Hugo. Musical direction is by Jennifer Goltz-Taylor. The talented cast features Anthony Provenzola as Jean Valjean, Michael Smith as Javert, January Provenzola as Fantine, Katy Kujala as Cosette, Dustin Lolli as Marius, Robby Griswold as Enjolras, Kimmy Hay as Eponine, Chris Shewchenko as Thenardier, Trisha Fountain as Mme. Thenardier, Audrey Waugh as Young Cosette, and Landon Brimacombe as Gavroche. The cast also includes Kathy Waugh, Madison Merlanti, Julia Piper, Megan Messer, Laura Zenni, Amanda Bynum, Kelly Copley, Jennifer Burks, Aubrey Donnell, Marita Boehman, Sarah Rau, Kate Papachristou, Amanda Burch, Amanda Bowman, Mary Whitt, John Troost, Jean-Luc Deladurantaye, Aaron Greunke, Michael Joseph, Joseph Daniel, Zachary Whitt, Arjun Nagpal, Elijah Cox, Patrick Ballnik, Paul Clark, Eric Klooster, Jeff Miller, Andrew Szykula, Mark Brown, Richard Graham, Ryan Klooster, Jeremy Klooster, Maximillian Ascani, Emma Li, Lacey Cooper, Vivian Waugh, Nicolas Provenzola, and Elise Crause.
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