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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Marches Into Its 26th Season With Les Miserables
Theater makes a return to musicals with a monumental production
Set in the early 19th-century, a French peasant named Jean Valjean is on a quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread. When a compassionate bishop inspires him with a tremendous act of mercy, Valjean decides to start his life anew, but is relentlessly tracked down by Police Inspector Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into France’s revolution, where a group of young visionaries make their last stand at a street barricade.
“With a standout cast of 27 and a 10-piece orchestra, you’ll see the Margeson Theater transform into 19th century France,” said Artistic Director Jim Helsinger. “I believe audiences will be swept away by Victor Hugo’s passionate story of revolution, love, and survival of the human spirit.”
Les Misérables features Michael Hunsaker (Jean Valjean), Davis Gaines (Javert), Lianne Marie Dobbs (Fantine), James Beaman (Thénardier)
The Ensemble includes Ana Bateman, Sarah Caroline Billings, David Bracamonte, Anna Carol, John DeLisa, Gavin Esham, Amanda Frennier, Rashad Guy, Liz Mignacca, Erik Nelson, Christopher Joel Onken, Danielle Reneé, Michael Sheehy, Ryan M. Skiles, and Seth Wallen.
The Children’s Cast includes Eleanor “Ellie” McPherson and Julia Jordan as Little Cosette, Maddie Belanoff and Macy Peele as Young Eponine, and Jackson Chase and Luke Timmel as Gavroche.
The Orlando Shakes artistic team includes Director-Choreographer DJ Salisbury, Musical Director Ken Clifton, Scenic Designer Kat Conley, Costume Coordinator/
PERFORMANCE INFORMATION AND RELATED EVENTS
Preview Dates: September 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening Date: September 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Senior Matinees: September 17 and October 10 at 2:00 p.m.
$20 Under 30: September 19 at 7:30 p.m.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY - September 12 at 6:15 p.m.
Mingle with members of the audience while sampling free appetizers from Paris Bistro and dessert bites from Raphsodic Bakery. Free to all opening night ticket holders. No RSVP necessary.
OPENING NIGHT PRE-SHOW CHAT - September 12 at 6:45 p.m.
Join the director and members of the artistic team in the Patron's Room for a brief, informative discussion with the about the creative process.
SUNDAY TALKBACK - Sunday, September 21
Stay after the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance for an informal Q & A with the cast and members of the design team.
DATES AND PRICES
Previews and Senior Matinees - $27, $22, $15
Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. - $55, $45, $30
Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. - $55, $45, $30
Group Sales: Up to 20% off for groups of 10+
Students: $10 off advanced purchase (with valid student ID)
Student Rush: $22 tickets 30 minutes prior to show (with valid student ID)
Military: $10 off tickets for active military/National Guard/Reservists & their spouses (with valid military ID)
Les Misérables is presented through the support of the Bryce L. West Foundation. Additional supporters include John & Rita Lowndes, Ken & Trisha Margeson, Albert & Lisa Prast, Kathryn Chicone Ustler, David & Lyn Berelsman, Suzanne Gilbert, Harriett Lake, and Frank Santos & Dan Dantin. Corporate supporters include Massey Services, UCF College of Arts & Humanities, and UCF Office of the President.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/