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CTM Presents: Les Miserables

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Savannah Donaldson

S. Donaldson

This week The Children’s Theatre of Mason will be bringing the record breaking show to the Mason stage: Les Misèrables.

“Les Miserables is a show which fully immerses the audience in the joys, sorrows and deaths of the characters. It is intense, fun and heartbreaking and filled with moments that will bring the audience to tears, steal their breaths away and moments that will cause their spirits to soar. It is more than a show. It is an experience,” Says Dirk Doebereiner, the shows director.

Les Misérables is now the longest running musical in the world and, in October 2010, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a theatrical first – three different productions of the same musical staged at the same time in one city – the star-studded concerts at The O2, the acclaimed new 25th Anniversary Production (which completed its sell-out UK Tour at London’s Barbican Theatre) and the original production, which continues its record breaking run at the Queen’s Theatre, London.

While Les Misérables is a well known show it is also known to be a very mature show for mature audiences. The show includes themes including poverty, war and death, something the average high schooler doesn’t have to experience everyday making their acting process a lot more intense.

“Due to the mature themes and storyline, this cast is comprised almost entirely of high school and junior high school students. Because of that, we get the chance to see more mature and seasoned portrayals from a cast filled with wonderful actors and singers. All those elements combine to create an emotionally deep and rich experience for the audience,” Doeberiener states.

Google’s film synopsis states:

After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean is freed by Javert , the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother’s death, but Javert’s relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.

The show opens this week featuring many students from Kings including: Kira Doebereiner, Dane Doeberiener, Emily Hovis, Amy Helms, Addie Collins, Sam Purkiss, Bryson Wires, Michael Kaper, William Forgham, Morgan Reece, Jillian Krynock, Alex Taylor,Marah Burnside, and Maddi Kilgore.

Les Miserables show dates are 7 p.m. Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17 at 2 and 7 p.m, and twice on Sunday October 18, 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are available online at http://www.childrenstheatreofmason.com/ticketinfo.php

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