'Les Mis' to be presented this weekend
DANVILLE — A cast of more than 60 people has been working since January on a production of the epic musical "Les Miserables." They will present the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Danville High School Dick Van Dyke Auditorium, 202 E. Fairchild St.
It will feature David Zych as Jean Valjean; JR McFall as Inspector Javert; Pamela Adam as Fantine; Katie Walder as Cosette; Bryan Jenkins as Marius; Brooke Kuchefski as Eponine; and Andrew Peters and Nancy Keener as the Thenardiers.
Other cast members in major roles are Cameron Sheets as Enjolras; Kyle Klein II as Gavroche; Ellis Mansfield as young Cosette; and Ron McDaniel as the Bishop.
The production is the first collaboration between the Danville Light Opera Musical Theatre and Danville Area Community College Theater Company.
It's directed by Glenda Boling and Phillip Langley and choreographed by Nicole Miller, with music direction by Eric Simonson and Teresa Ross. Gary Lickfett and Heather Miyagi are co-producing, with Chelsea Zych stage managing.
Tickets are $5 for students younger than 18 or with an ID, and $19 for adults. Tickets are available via danvillelightopera.com; by calling 431-1660 or emailing the Danville Light Opera Musical Theatre box office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two theater companies offer this synopsis:
"Set during the French revolution, this grand epic tale spans 20 years, telling the story of Jean Valjean's life. Upon his release from a long and unjust imprisonment for a trivial crime, Valjean finds life on a ex-convict's ticket-of-leave rife with mistrust and continual mistreatment.
"One man's kindness keeps him from hating the whole of humanity, and restores his faith in good. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption. Under a false identity, Valjean makes good, becoming a wealthy but modest philanthropist.
"He is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe that any convict can change his ways. Valjean and Javert, both 'good' men, intent on doing what is right, are a fascinating contrast, nearly mirror images of each other in how they deal with the world and its moral dilemmas.
"Along the way Valjean adopts a daughter, and saves the life of the student revolutionary she falls in love with. Their beautiful love story representing hope for the future, the story closes with Valjean at last attaining peace."