Thursday February 20, 2014
Lyric Theatre Company presents the Vermont Community Theater Debut of Les Misérables
Lyric Theatre Company celebrates our milestone 40th anniversary with a production of Les Misérables, the musical phenomenon based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel. Les Misérables is the epic tale of one man’s quest for redemption set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. This uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit includes the beloved songs I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home and the stirring One Day More. Lyric’s production features an exuberant cast supported by a 20-piece orchestra, promising a memorable evening of musical theatre entertainment. Les Misérables will be presented on the MainStage of Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for nine performances April 4 -13, 2014.
Lyric’s 53-member cast hails from 16 Vermont communities and two communities across the lake. Seventeen cast members are making their Lyric debut with this production. Leading players are Ian Ferris of Burlington as the charismatic Jean Valjean and Mark Cranmer as the menacing Inspector Javert.
Husband-wife team Steve and Kelly Kendall, former longtime residents of South Burlington, are Production Supervisor (Steve) and Artistic Director (Kelly) for Les Misérables. The show’s expressive movement is choreographed by Jane Burchard. Music Director Martin Hain waves the baton for the orchestra. Stage managers are Sean Leach and Todd Hanley.
The South Burlington community is strongly represented in this show. Cast members who live and/or work in South Burlington include Kianna Jensen as Eponine, with Andrea Underhill, Betsy Whyte, Owen Brady, Patrick Clow, Tom Loudon, and Ryan Morra as members of the ensemble playing assorted characters including Lovely Ladies, Convicts, Factory Workers, Revolutionaries, and members of Thenardier’s gang.
While the cast is in rehearsal, more than 250 additional volunteers, representing 12 Vermont communities, are simultaneously working behind the scenes at Lyric’s warehouse in Williston’s Production Park. On any given night, you will likely find volunteers of all ages and backgrounds building set pieces, painting vibrant canvases, crafting props, sewing costumes, marking lighting cues, preparing hair and make-up designs, and doing other tasks necessary to mount the $188,000 production designed by Cheri Forsythe.
On the production side, volunteers who live and/or work in South Burlington include Ted Anderson, Co-Chair for Set Construction; Connie Kite and Mary Kenny, Co-Chairs for Props; and Karyn Dubie, Co-Chair for Promotional Wear.
Tickets for Les Misérables are on sale now and affordably priced: $21-$35 with student/senior discounts available at some performances; group rates are available. Purchase tickets in person through the Flynn Center Regional Box Office in Burlington. Enjoy matinees at 1:00 p.m. on April 5, 6, 12, and 13, and evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on April 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. The Sunday, April 13, matinee will be audio-described for patrons who are blind or visually impaired. The show features mature themes.
Lyric Theatre Company—“not your average community theatre”—is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization celebrating its 40th season. Lyric gratefully acknowledges the Hickok & Boardman Network of Companies for their generous sponsorship of Les Misérables. For additional information, visit www.lyrictheatrevt.org, like Lyric Theatre Company on Facebook, and/or follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #lesmisbtv.