The cast for the Iowa Lakes Community College community production of Les Misérables will include over 60 actors and actresses, including college students, adults, and children from northwest Iowa and Minnesota.
Les Misérables is now the world’s longest-running musical and seen by over 65 million people in 42 countries. This legendary classic sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction and love and forgiveness in 19th century France.
“The cast is a wonderful mix of seasoned performers as well as brand new talent taking to our stage for the first time,” said Carol Ayres, Professor of Music. “We had many very talented singers and actors audition for this musical. We are very lucky to live in an area that has such a wealth of incredible performers!”
Written by the musical team of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, with English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, the story follows convict Jean Valjean (Jon Martin, Lake Park) who is on the run after breaking his parole. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman, Javert (Doug Stueven, Spirit Lake), he must leave his past behind but finds he is an outcast. Only the Bishop (Steve Steele, Spencer) treats him kindly and encourages him to start a new life.
Years later, Jean Valjean is a factory owner and mayor of the town. One of his workers, Fantine (Anne Sexe, Estherville) has a secret child, Cosette, (Kyla Hansen, Estherville) who lives at an inn operated by the comical Monsieur and Madame Thenardier (Dr. Rick Erbes and Trish Morfitt, both of Estherville) and their daughter, Eponine (Isabel Nichols, Estherville). When the other factory women (Barb Nissen and Michelle Lyster, Estherville; Maxine Butler, Spirit Lake; Annie Blom, Alaina Helmstetter, Rachel Hesebeck, Elisabeth Niebuhr, and Gabby Kerr, Iowa Lakes students) discover this, they demand the foreman (David Swanson, Spirit Lake) fire her.
Desperate for money to pay for the care of her daughter, Fantine joins the “Lovely Ladies” (Diane Benjamin, Superior; Micki Bradburn, Maddy Burns, Mari Burns, Amy Condon, Darci Farnum, Taylor Grieg, Sarah Morphew, Madison Rimmer, Scarlett Rose, and Paige Stolicker from Estherville; Cierra Friedl and Maggie Ostrum, Iowa Lakes students) selling themselves on the street. Their employer (Alex Waltz, Iowa Lakes student), and potential client the evil Bamatabois, (Rich Keilholtz, Estherville) have a run-in with Fantine and she is rescued by Jean Valjean, who takes her to the hospital and promises to raise her child as his own.
Nine years later, a revolution led by Enjolras (Nick Steinle, Spirit Lake) and his fellow students (Martin Christensen, Roman Fahnlander, Shawn Harmon, Daniel Moore, Elias Niebuhr, Connor Obermeier, Kolton Ray and Jonathan Hansen, all Iowa Lakes students; James Harmon, Lake Park; Ethan Marth and Tristan Waterman of Estherville) build a barricade and attempt to fight for freedom. Another student revolutionary, Marius (Tayler Smith, Iowa Lakes) has fallen in love with the grown Cosette (Courtney Cook, Ruthven) and his friends, the grown Eponine (Serena Lynch, Estherville) and young Gavroche (Adrian Martin, Lake Park) help him in battle.
But with the revolution in the air and policeman Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.
Other townspeople in the cast include Savannah Dare, Tori Hampson, Madeline Keilholtz, Reagan Keilholtz, Ruth Marth, Lance Reed, all of Estherville; and Anna Fuelberth, Spirit Lake.
Accompanying the musical is a complete pit orchestra comprised of Iowa Lakes Community College students and community members.
Les Misérables will be performed April 3, 4, & 5 in the Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Ticket sales open to the public on March 3. Adults are $13 and students (K-12) $6. The show may not be suitable for some children due to the PG-13 material. For tickets, call Linda at 712-362-8345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance tickets are recommended.
Les Misérables is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI - 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com