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Valley Student Theatre is proud to announce our summer show, 

 

'Les Miserables'

 

Sign up for an audition slot here: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/242757362033/false#/invitation

We are also excited to announce our new venue this year will be be Granby Memorial High School in Granby, CT

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PRODUCTION DETAILS

 

Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical – a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo's novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. The multi-award winning Les Misérables is as groundbreaking today as it was when it first premiered in London in 1985, and now features updated orchestrations based on the Tony-nominated 2014 Broadway revival. In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing awaiting him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.

 

Production Team

 

Directors- Erin Dugan and Julianne Thouin

Choreographer- Taylor Mynahan

Stage Manager- Sammy Barry

Vocal Coach- Bailey McKiernan

 

Les Miserables explores sensitive themes such as violence, drinking, sex, suicide, and death. Parents are encouraged to assess the appropriateness of their child's participation before their audition.

 

Audition Details

 

Please prepare a 16 to 32-bar cut of a song in the style of Les Miserables (about 30 seconds to a minute if you are not familiar with sheet music). You may select a song from the show if you choose. Those auditioning should bring their own device to play an accompaniment track, or they can choose to sing a cappella.

 

Auditions will be held at East Granby Community Center at 7 Memorial Drive, East Granby CT on Friday, April 5th from 5:30-8:00 PM and Saturday, April 6th from 1:30-4:00 PM. Callbacks are by invitation only and will be held on Friday, April 12th.

 

If you cannot attend either audition date, please reach out to Erin Dugan, one of the directors, at valleystudenttheatre@gmail.com.

 

Music rehearsals will start in May and June, ahead of the regular camp schedule. Currently scheduled dates are May 7th, 14th, 28th, and 29th, and June 12th and 19th. Additional dates may be announced. Not everyone will be called to these rehearsals. The May and June rehearsals will take place in the evening in East Granby locations.

 

Our July day rehearsals at Granby Memorial High School are as follows:

July 1, 2, 3, 5 -- 8:30-2:30

July 8, 9, 10, 11 -- 8:30-2:30

July 15, 16, 17, 18 -- 8:30-2:30

MANDATORY Tech Rehearsals -- July 22, 23, 24 4-9PM

PERFORMANCES (MANDATORY) -- July 25, 26, 27

STRIKE (MANDATORY) -- July 28

 

We will not accept any conflicts during Tech Week.  Please be prepared to share your conflicts AT auditions to the best of your ability.

 

Character Descriptions

 

Jean Valjean

Age Range- Adult/Mature Adult

 

Above all else, Valjean, the central protagonist, seeks redemption. After nineteen years of hard labor as a prisoner, Valjeans discovers that freedom does not entitle him to human compassion. Deeply pious, extremely physically strong, and resourceful, Valjean rises to respectability as a factory owner, but then spends much of the musical trying to outrun Javert and his own sense of shame. He is haunted by his past and the fear of re-imprisonment, and he will risk anything for the happiness and safety of his adopted daughter, Cosette. Self-sacrificing almost to a fault, Valjean dies at peace, secure in the knowledge that his compassionate life has redeemed his prior trespasses. Les Mis tracks the entire second half of Jean Valjean’s life, from middle-age to death, and the role requires extreme physical and vocal endurance from an extraordinary singer-actor.

 

Javert

Age Range Adult/Mature Adult

 

Besides Valjean, Javert is the only other character in the show who travels through the entire story. Though he is, strictly-speaking, the antagonist of Les Mis, Javert is by no means a simply evil or thoughtless villain. He earnestly believes that an unyielding, objective interpretation of morality and the law is the best way to maintain order. Though he came from poverty and worked his way to respectability, Javert hypocritically believes that others cannot change their destinies, and he therefore becomes obsessed by the desire to capture Valjean. He is also a man of deep faith, and he is unable to process or exist in a world where that faith is shaken. Must be an extremely strong-singer actor with enough vocal and energetic presence to match Valjean.

 

Fantine

Age Range Young Adult/Adult

 

Initially employed as a worker in Valjean’s factory, Fantine loses her job when the Factory Girl reveals the existence of her illegitimate daughter, Cosette. Though Fantine once knew great love and happiness as a young woman, she now finds herself penniless and friendless. Desperate to survive and return to her young daughter, Fantine sells her jewelry and hair, and then turns to prostitution. Even when sexually harassed and attacked by the Factory Foreman, Fantine fights to maintain what dignity and honor she can, and before her death, she secures a promise from Valjean that he will raise Cosette as his own. Driven to resourcefulness by tremendous love, Fantine personifies sacrifice and the high price of injustice. This role may require unarmed physical combat.

 

Cosette

Age Range Late Teen/Young Adult

 

Now grown into a lovely ingénue, Cosette retains much of her childish curiosity and naiveté. Since Valjean is still a fugitive from the law, he over-protectively sequesters Cosette away from the world and continues to treat her like a fragile “child who is lost in a wood.” Comfortable but restless, Cosette seeks knowledge of her past from Valjean, to whom she is deeply loyal and loving. She falls in love with Marius at first sight, devotedly nurses him back to health after the Barricade falls, and eventually marries him. As a foil to Éponine, Cosette symbolizes redemption and uncorrupted innocence.

 

Marius

Age Range Young Adult

 

Idealistic, loyal, and handsome, Marius believes that political activism and intellectual enlightenment can overcome injustice. Although Marius comes from wealth and status, the young student sympathizes with the plight of the urban poor, and along with his best friend Enjolras, he incites the Student Revolution. After falling in love with Cosette, Marius is torn between the roles of lover and fighter. Over the course of the musical, the loss he endures and the risks he takes carry him from adolescence into manhood.

 

Éponine

Age Range Late Teen/Young Adult

 

Éponine is the scrappy, quick-thinking daughter of the Thenardiers. A foil to Cosette, she loves and is obsessed by Marius, who remains ignorant of her passion. Éponine’s beauty, though unpolished, radiates from her bravery and devotion. Though not educated, Éponine’s rough upbringing has made her streetsmart. After dressing as a boy in order to fight on the Barricade, Éponine follows Marius into battle and dies in his arms. Above all, the role requires a spectacular belt voice for “On My Own,” which has become an iconic standard.

 

Thenardier

Age Range Adult

 

A shameless “Master of the House,” the innkeeper Thenardier is an unapologetic, scheming pragmatist who steals from and overcharges his guests. He advises the audience to see the world not as they would like it to be, but as it actually is. Villainous and witty, Thenardier manages a gang of organized criminals, but always keeps an eye out for himself. Husband and accomplice to Madame Thenardier and father to Éponine, Thenardier switches rapidly between jolly banter and menacing threat. Thus, Thenardier and Madame Thenardier, as a pair, hover between villains and comic relief buffoons. Though they serve up a number of uncomfortable truths about the realities of class warfare, the Thenardiers are characters that the audience loves to hate.

 

Madame Thenardier

Age Range Adult

 

Like her husband, Madame Thenardier is a selfish, scheming con-woman. Though she fantasizes about wealth and respectability for her family, she acknowledges that the chance for a better life (and a better husband) is probably behind her. Clever but cruel, she survives by mistreating and cheating anyone she can get her hands on, including Young Cosette and guests at her inn. She is endearing in her vulgarity.

 

Enjolras

Age Range Young Adult

 

Politically radical and wildly charismatic, Enjolras leads the students in their rebellion against the French government; he is physically and vocally commanding presence. Though tremendously loving of his ABC comrades, Enjolras doesn’t hesitate to criticize his brothers in arms when their resolve wavers. He believes that thought must be matched by action, and he subsequently sacrifices his life for the ideals of “Liberté, Égalité, et Fraternité.”

 

Gavroche

Age Range Child

 

Playful, sly, street-smart, and a little arrogant, Gavroche is a small boy who guides the audience through the gutters of Paris. In essence, he is similar to the Artful Dodger in Oliver – full of energy and wise beyond his years. Never shy to speak his mind, lovable Gavroche believes that even little people can enact big changes. He goes to deadly ends to impress the ABC students, whom he idolizes; Gavroche’s tragic death on the Barricade is an emotional climax of the show.

 

Bishop of Digne

Age Range Adult/Mature Adult

 

A man of true faith, goodness, and devotion to his fellow man, the Bishop radiates kindness and warmth. After Valjean’s release from prison, the Bishop welcomes him with respect and trust: even when Valjean betrays that trust by stealing the Church’s precious candlesticks, the Bishop offers absolution and mercy to the desperate fugitive. Though the Bishop appears only briefly, his voice must be rich and powerful. The actor playing the Bishop also doubles in the ensemble.

 

Young Cosette

Age Range Child

 

Fantine’s daughter, now under the care of the Thenardiers. Though curious, hopeful, and hardworking, Cosette is viciously abused by Madame Thenardier and Thenardier, who constantly set her on errands and chores around their inn. Cosette dreams of a better, safer life and of a loving family – dreams that come true when Valjean adopts her.

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