Encore Theatrical Company and Walters State Community College invite you to the Morristown debut of the musical sensational “Les Misérables.” The show opens on Friday, July 19, and plays for three weekends in the theatre of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex on the Morristown campus.
Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, “Les Misérables” tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. The play is based on the Victor Hugo novel and follows ex-convict Jean Valjean as he is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert. When the movie was producsed last year with Hugh Jackman and Ann Hathaway cast as leads, the music gained a new generation of fans. The score includes “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own.”
“This is really an epic musical,” said Micah-Shane Brewer, Encore’s founding artistic director. Brewer has returned to direct this production.
“This moving story of redemption is a reminder to us of the resilience of the human spirit and the depths one will go for love and forgiveness. I am thrilled that Encore and Walters State are working together to bring this production to life.”
Joining Brewer as production musical director is Laura Ritter, assistant dean of humanities and director of the choral program at Walters State. T.J. Kent, instructor of theatre at Walters State will serve as production manager and Amy Webb will serve as production stage manager. Together, the four will lead a cast of 44 actors and 11 orchestra members.
“I sit in rehearsal and get goose bumps listening to this cast and these musicians,” said Ritter. “It’s really been an incredible experience.”
The cast and orchestra comes from all over East Tennessee includes community members, veteran Encore performers and Walters State students. In the lead role of Jean Valjean is William Beard from Strawberry Plains, who is making his debut on the Walters State stage. Beard has a wide range of experience and has performed in venues varying from the Grand Ol’ Opry to the Knoxville Opera Company.
His nemesis, Javert, is played by Mike Howard. Howard is familiar to Encore audiences from roles in “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Mirance on 34th Street.” Other Encore performers include
Robyn Issacs in the tragic role of Fantine and Susan Christophel in the comic role of Madame
Newcomers to the Morristown stage include Hamah Miller, Seth O’Kegley, Nora Beth Moran, Jon Luttrell, and Stuart Matthews. Young actors featured are Cooper Campbell, Ian Sexton and Parker Stansell.
The ensemble is made up of a group of talented actors and singers from all over the region: Ben Bean, Eric Bullard, Josh Cassels, Annie Cavin, Bleu Copas, Evan Corlew, Hannah Corlew, Joshua Davis, Lindsey Davis, Janice Denson, Emily Durand, Taylor Ferrell, Bryan Flatford, Rachel Helvey, Kelley Hinsley, Kevin Jackson, Kathy Jones-Terry, Jim Lumpkins, Henry Mendoza, Paige Munroe-Mattocks, Austin Olive, Emily Reitnauer, Laureeann Ruel, Connie Sexton, Nolan Sexton, Mabel Dunkirk Smith, Dani Tower, Amber Vaughn, Luke Walker, Scott Waisner, Kaysi Watson, and Ryan Worden.
The Production team includes Kyle Biery (Scenic and Lighting Designs), Frank Williams (Technical Director), Debbie Bennett (Costume Designs), Johanna Dunphy (Movement Director), Heidi Stansell (Props Manager), and Gene Wooten (Sound Design), as well as countless volunteers working behind the scenes.
“Les Misérables” is proudly sponsored by Brewer and Terry, Tarr Chevrolet, Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System, Suntrust Bank, and WCRK Radio.
To accommodate the popularity of the musical, Encore and Walters State have added Thursday night showings to their typical weekend schedule. The show dates and times are July 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, August 1, 2, and 3 at 8pm, with matinees on July 21, 28, August 3, and 4 at 2pm. All shows are at the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Theatre on the Morristown Campus at Walters State Community College in Morristown.
Tickets are available now online at www.etcplays.org or by calling 423-318-8331.