Final Nights for Les Misérables July 25-27 : Epic Musical Performed at Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 

Michael Dye as Jean Valjean, Clint Mahle as police inspector Javert, and Annie Melia as Fantine.
Michael Dye as Jean Valjean, Clint Mahle as police inspector Javert, and Annie Melia as Fantine.

7/24/2013 - NICEVILLE – The final three nights for the epic musical Les Misérables are Thursday, July 25 to Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College.

While already breaking attendance records for a college summer musical, tickets are still available for each remaining night of the show and may be purchased through the center’s website at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or by phone or in-person from the Box Office at (850) 729-6000.

Those who purchase will have their tickets held in "will call" at the Box Office window for pick-up during business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. prior to each performance.

Every seat is the “best in the house” in the $25-million state-of-the-art performance venue located on the college’s Niceville campus, since no seat in the main theater is more than 90 feet from the stage. Individuals may also purchase tickets at the door for the same price as advance tickets - $25 for adults and $20 for youth ages 18 and younger. Current NWFSC students may receive one free ticket per student ID, space permitting, in-person from the box office by showing a valid student ID. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee.

Les Misérables is a full-scale musical presented by the college’s Fine & Performing Arts Division and features a cast of talented regional actors, including Michael Dye, choral director at Niceville High School, who appears in the lead role of Jean Valjean, the former prisoner whose life on the run is central to the college’s production. NWFSC theater professor Clint Mahle of DeFuniak Springs portrays inspector Javert in the sung-through pop opera which features more than 40 cast and crew.

The college’s production of the Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's musical "Les Misérables" is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and was an original London Production by Cameron Mackintosh and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is told almost entirely through song – just as it appeared in the smash hit on Broadway and in a recent major motion picture.

It will be the final production directed by Dr. Cliff Herron, long-time dean of the college's renowned arts programs, who will retire in August.

Staging Les Misérables was “a major theatrical and musical undertaking,” according to Herron, who called the production, “the finest we’ve ever done – I truly believe it is on par and even better than many of the national touring Broadway shows we’ve brought in over the years.”

A plethora of more than 200 costumes will grace the production’s more than 40 actors who will bring the 19th-century tale to life. The musical features a massive, 30-foot-high set, constructed from the ground up by college crews with “$8,000 of lumber, 2 blood drives worth of blood and 10 gallons of sweat,” according to theater technical supervisor Bob Whittaker, who runs the back-stage operations at the performing arts complex.

Among the other lead roles for Les Miserables are Annie Melia of Niceville as Fantine, the self-sacrificing mother who devotes her life to ensuring the welfare of her daughter. Fantine's daughter, Cosette, is played by Hannah Moore of Niceville. The roles of Thénardier and Mme Thénardier are played by Denis Milonas of Mary Esther and NWFSC vocal music professor Allison Everitt. Mallory Olds of Niceville is the Thénardiers' daughter, Eponine. Student activist Marius is played by Sivu Schlegel of Niceville. In addition, several children are taking on named roles, including Destin resident Sofie Hagle as the Young Cosette, Santa Rosa Beach resident Catherine Coble playing Young Eponine, and Niceville resident Nathan Burdge portraying Gavroche.

A full chorus ensemble includes male ensemble members: DeFuniak Springs: Joe Taylor; Fort Walton Beach: Josh Riley, Sean Royal, Stephen Shouse; Miramar Beach: Okeye Mitchell; Navarre: Donovan Black, Blake Williams; Niceville: Brett Huston, Zachary Pecore, Zachary Phillips, Jeremy Ribando, David Simmons, Brian Snyder, Paul Tessier, Dominick Trolian; Pensacola: Jeremy Gibson. Female members of the chorus ensemble include: Fort Walton Beach: Meghan Erlacher, Gabrielle Lindley; Mary Esther: Maddie Ostrowski; Niceville: Victoria Bishop, Kimberly Bridges, Marielena Burdge, Danielle C. Fox, Laura Hernandez, Megan James, Holly Johnson, Madeline Kirkpatrick, Katie Pickler, Brittany Swain; Santa Rosa Beach: Catherine Coble; Valparaiso: Wendy Justice.

Les Misérables is licensed by Music Theatre International (MTI) by arrangement with CAMERON MACKINTOSH LTD.