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NWFSC Arts Division Announces Cast for 'Les Misérables'

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


12/18/2012 - Cast selections have been made for Northwest Florida State College's full scale production of Les Misérables slated for July 17 to 20 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college's Niceville campus.

Perhaps the world's most famous musical, Les Misérables is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who breaks his parole in the quest for redemption and a new life. The play is expected to be the most elaborate summer musical production ever staged by the college— and it will be the final production directed by Dr. Cliff Herron, long-time dean of the college's renowned art programs, who will retire at the end of August 2013.

Tickets for Les Misérables go on sale on February 1, 2013, at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office. Tickets may be purchased online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or in-person or by phone from the box office at (850) 729-6000.

Nearly one hundred talented local actors turned out for the open auditions held recently. Michael Dye of Niceville captured the role of Jean Valjean, with Annie Melia of Niceville cast as Fantine, the self-sacrificing mother who devotes her life to ensuring the welfare of her daughter. Fantine's daughter, Cosette, will be played by Hannah Moore of Niceville. Clint Mahle of DeFuniak Springs was cast as the harsh police inspector Javert who relentlessly pursues Valjean.

The roles of Thenardier and Mme Thenardier will be played by Denis Milonas of Mary Esther and Allison Everitt of Niceville, respectively. Mallory Olds of Niceville is cast as the Thenardiers' daughter, Eponine. Student activist Marius will be played by Sivu Schlegel of Niceville and Tim Norton is cast in the role of Enjolras, the charismatic student leader.

A full chorus ensemble was also cast for the sing-through pop opera. Male ensemble members include: Miramar Beach: Okeye Mitchell, Aaron Valenzuela; Fort Walton Beach: Stephen Shouse; Navarre: Donovan Black, Blake Williams; Niceville: Nicholas Tyler Corbin, Hector Delgado, Colin Dermody, Brett Huston, Zachary Pecore, Zachary Phillips, David Simmons, Brian Snyder, Paul Tessier, and Dominick Trolian.

Female members of the chorus ensemble include: Fort Walton Beach: Meghan Erlacher, Gabbi Lindley; Mary Esther: Maddie Ostrowski; Valparaiso: Wendy Justice; Santa Rosa Beach: Dayna Iscano; Niceville: Victoria Bishop, Kimberly Bridges, Mari Burdge, Danielle C. Fox, Megan James, Holly Johnson, Katie Pickler and Brittany Swain.

A second audition for children's roles including young Cosette, young Eponine and Gavroche will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall. Contact the Fine & Performing Arts Division office at 729-5382 for more information on the audition. ##