Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Three nights of revolution on the Lester Centre for the Arts stage

Unlike Jean Valjean, theatre goers this week will look up, look up, look up upon the stage, as Prince Rupert's theatre community takes on the ambitious work of Les Miserables for a three night run starting Thursday.

The production which had first auditions last fall, has been in rehearsal for the better part of the winter and now the spring. With opening night now in sight and its promise of a wealth of local talent eager to tackle the musical stylings of the French revolution.

Some familiar faces from community presentations past will be onstage, along with relative newcomers to the Prince Rupert theatre scene, all no doubt anxious get night one out of the way and to make their impression on North Coast audiences.

This years production is directed by Michael Gurney, who has been watching over the entire process in the lead up to Wednesday night.

In recent weeks he has had much to say in praise about his troupe of 61 and the 16 musicians led by Peter Witherly that are bringing Les Miserables to the stage.

Offering a glimpse into the passion that they have brought to the project as it comes together.

For a look at some of the behind the scenes activity for Les Miserables, visit the Lester Centre of the Arts facebook page, where some background on the work involved in this community presentation can be found.

Tickets for Thursday, Friday or Saturday night are available at Cooks Jewellers or the Lester Centre box office. Adult admission is 25 dollars, while students can take in the presentation for 20.

Earlier this month, the Northern View provided a look at the work in progress, twenty two days later the curtain is set to rise on the revolution.

On Wednesday, CBC's Daybreak North provided a bit more background into the preparation for Thursday's opening night.

If some of the past presentations from the talented North Coast theatre community are any indication as to what to expect when the curtain rises on Thursday night. Les Miserables should provide for a night at the theatre that will transport the audience to the drama of France of 1815.

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