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Open Auditions for Les Misérables (Les Mis) Dec. 15

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


11/19/2012 - Northwest Florida State College Fine and Performing Arts Division is pleased to announce auditions for the 2013 Summer Ensemble Musical, Les Misérables on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Auditions begin at 10:00 a.m. in the main stage theatre with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. Call backs will be at 2 p.m. the same day. Auditions will be for lead adult roles and ensemble cast; auditions for two critical children's roles will be early next year. All leads will be placed into a college vocal class starting in January. Rehearsals will begin in late April.

Those who audition should note that Les Misérables auditions will replace the college's original preliminary plan to present Phantom of the Opera. The audition date remains the same as previously announced. Those auditioning should prepare "On my Own" (female) and "Bring Him Home" (male) with two additional selections for call-backs to be announced.

Perhaps the world's most famous musical, Les Misérables was originally a novel by Victor Hugo. The musical book was developed by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg; music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.

Les Misérables takes place in 19th century France. Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. The themes of justice and mercy, grace and love intertwine until the climax in the Paris student uprising of 1832, when Valjean has the opportunity to spare Javert's life and saves that of a student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter, Cosette. His world-view is shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at least attains the peace he has sought for so long.

Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. Les Misérables is a powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made it a modern masterpiece.

Performances of Les Misérables are scheduled for July 17, 18, 19, 20, 2013 at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center on the college's Niceville campus. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the show, ticket sales will begin on February 1, 2013 and the college may consider extending the show's run for an additional weekend if demand for tickets merits. For information on the auditions, please contact the college at 729-5382. ##