The College Light Opera Company presents Les
Misérables as the sixth show of its 46th season. This is CLOC’s premiere production of Les Misérables.
Les Misérables, set in early 19th-century France, is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
This production is led by stage director Mark Pearson and music director Beth Burrier. In addition to Les Misérables, Pearson directed The White Horse Inn, Lady, Be Good! and Carousel. Burrier also music directed The Pajama Game earlier this season. Pearson, originally from Hull, MA, received his degrees from Boston College and Boston University and currently resides in Germany. Burrier, a resident of State College, PA and faculty member of Penn State, received her degrees from Otterbein University and Ithaca College.
The cast is full of new CLOC vocal company members. Talents to look forward to are Rebecca Brudner as Eponine (Brooklyn, NY – Yale University ’16) Lindsay Cabaniss as Madame Thérnardier (Tolland, CT – The Hartt School ’15), Melissa Carson as Fantine (Moody, AL – Samford University ’13), Billy Hicks as Marius (New Milford, CT – Boston Conservatory ’14), Becca Jackson as Cossette (Newark, DE – University of Delaware ’15), and Adam Wells as Javert (Clemson, SC – Oberlin Conservatory ’16).
Returners to look for include Bruce Barger as Jean Valjean (Southington, CT – University of Vermont ’14), Nick Martiniano as Enjolras (Troy, NY – Russell Sage College ’15) and Gunnar Manchester as Monsieur Thénardier (Rehoboth, MA – Bates College ’15).
This production of Les Misérables will also feature Bourne resident Molly Baptist as Gavroche and Pocasset resident Makena Jarvis as Young Cossette. They are both 5th graders at Bourne Middle School.
Les Misérables will run Tuesday, July 29th through Saturday, August 2nd at 8 p.m., with a Thursday Matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling the CLOC Box Office at 508-548-0668 or by visiting the CLOC Box Office, 58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth (open Monday-Saturday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, and 7:00 - 9:00 pm). For more information, please visit www .CollegeLightOperaCompany .com.