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White Theatre: Current Season - Les Miserables

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Cast


Jean Valjean Robert Hingula
Javert Paul Secor Morel
Fantine Julie Kaul
Marius Joel Morrison
Eponine Jennifer Cannady
Cosette Katie Bartow
Enjolras Brian King
Thenardier Reed Uthe
Mme. Thenardier Jeannette Bonjour
Combeferre Milan Naster
Courfeyrac Rob Reeder
Feuilly Cory James Dowman
Grantaire Alex Bigus
Lesgles Josh Krueger
Provaire James Wearing
Bishop / Ensemble Russ Barker
Gavrouche Ryan Sanford
Young Cosette Olivia Loepp
Young Eponine Margo Roberts
Sniper / Asst. SM Don Arnott
Joly Brad Clay
Ensemble Kathryn Major
Chuck Chambers
Chip Buckner
Ali Watson
Lauren Hurley
Andrea Strickler
Ron McKeown
David Martin
Rebecca Brungardt
Whitney Harper
Katie Meader
Students Chris Gleeson
Michael Peterson
Ensemble & Meagan Edmonds
Lovely Ladies Jessica Loschke
Whitney Armstrong
Stasha Case
Cara Hampton
Trudy Hurley
Rebecca Johnston
Vanessa Harper

 


 

 

Production Staff
Directed by Barb Nichols
Musical Direction by Martha Risser
Choreography by Ann McCroskey
Asst. Choreography by Heide Harrelson-Williams

 


 

 

Synopsis

ACT ONE

"The Prologue" begins with a chain gang whose member 24601, Jean Valjean, was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. Javert, a policeman, reminds him he is a sinner. Because he is branded with the "mark of Cain" on his papers and his prisoner number tattooed on his chest, Valjean is kept from earning a living. He is taken in by a bishop and fed but flees with an expensive piece of silver. The bishop, learning his plight, tells the police that Valjean was given the silver as a gift and Valjean swears to begin anew.

At the factory on Montreuil, the poor sing of their struggles "At the End of the Day", as they are one day nearer to dying. They are desperate to hold on to their jobs but young Fantine will not give the foreman what he sexually wants even though her child is boarding in the country and she needs money for a doctor. The factory women fight to read her letter and the altercation is broken up by the mayor—Jean Valjean. Fantine is fired and in reverie and desperation remembers her summer of love in "I Dreamed a Dream."

Sailors and whores meet on the docks in the red light district. Fantine sells her last remaining possessions, even her hair, to an old crone. She tries to sell herself but when she is offered money she cannot do it and fighting off an attack draws blood from the gentleman. Javert, a policeman, appears and arrests Fantine over her protestations of what will become of her child. As she is being arrested, Valjean steps from the crowd and saves her from jail telling her he will protect her child.

A cart crashes and Valjean, against all odds, lifts it and the man trapped underneath is pulled clear. At this point, Javert mistakes the man for Valjean and Valjean is considering letting the man take his place even though, "If I speak, I am condemned, If I stay silent, I am damned!" Valjean unbuttons his shirt and reveals to Javert the number 24601 tattooed on his chest.

At the hospital, Fantine is in a delirium and Valjean promises her before she dies that Cosette, the little daughter, shall live in his protection. Valjean asks Javert for three days grace to save the child and Javert who believes every man is born in sin will not give an inch. The two men fight, Valjean knocks out Javert and escapes.

In an inn in the country young Cosette dreams of a "Castle On a Cloud." Her wistful fantasy is interrupted by her greedy and evil paid guardian, the innkeeper’s wife, Mme. Thenardier and her young daughter, Eponine. Mme. sends Cosette out into the dark to the well against Cosette's protests. While the inn fills with patrons, Thenardier tells all he is the "Master of the House" and, as they get drunker and drunker, the host sings about how he "charges extra" for the lice as well as the mice. In the meanwhile, Valjean meets young Cosette wandering in the woods and brings her back to the inn. He haggles with the Thenardiers over their "darling" Cosette and the couple finally settles on a price and turns the child over to Valjean.

Ten years elapse and we find ourselves in the teeming, squalid streets of Paris. The beggars led by the young boy, Gavroche, sing of their plight. Into their midst comes young revolutionary Marius seeking justice from the powers in France before "the barricades arise." Gavroche warns the people that Thenardier, no longer an innkeeper, and his family are backed by a gang now who are totally opportunistic. Eponine, a young woman, is now torn between loyalty towards her father and her attraction to Marius. Thenardier recognizes Valjean and asks for money. They scuffle and Valjean's shirt is ripped open showing his tattoo. Javert, not recognizing the gentleman Valjean, tells him to be careful among the maggots and worms of the street. He turns to find Valjean and Cosette, who had been talking to Marius, but they have disappeared. Thenardier tells Javert about the brand on the stranger’s chest and Javert wonders if it could be the man he has been seeking all these years. Javert, the obsessed lawman, swears by the "Stars" that he will never rest until Valjean is behind bars.

Meanwhile, Marius asks Eponine to find the young girl with whom he had been talking. Eponine remembers her childhood with Cosette, and Marius repeats his request saying that he will remain lost until Cosette is found.

At a neighboring inn the men talk of revolution and still find time to tease Marius about his falling in love for the first time. The men sing of the red of blood and dawn and the black of ages past and the night this about to end. Barricades will rise and they will take to the streets, and all will come when called. They sing "The People's Song" of angry men who will not be slaves again, and "There is life about to start, When tomorrow comes."

On the Rue Plumet, Cosette sings of an unknown life and her past life which she cannot remember. Eponine has led Marius to the street. She tells of her unrequited love for Marius who exchanges affectionate words with Cosette.

One of Therardier's men come to rob the house of Valjean, and Eponine fears all will think it was she who set up the robbery. When her father refuses to be dissuaded, she screams and the robbers make for the sewers in order to escape. Marius thanks Eponine for saving them. Rather than betraying Eponine, Cosette tells her father it was she who screamed and Valjean now fears the men who were lurking in the street were with Javert. Valjean plans to flee from France with Cosette in order to escape Javert. The first act ends with the cast singing about what they hope for with "One Day More." Marius sings of revolution; Javert sings of gathering information and nipping the revolution in the bud; Thenardier sings of how he might profit; while Eponine sings of a life she might have known.

ACT TWO

Act II opens with a barricade being built in the streets of Paris. Marius sees Eponine and asks her to deliver a letter to Cosette much to Eponine's hurt and disappointment. On the Rue Plumet, Eponine meets Valjean and gives him the letter. He reads it realizing that Marius is in love with Cosette and that if he dies she should know that he loves her. Eponine sings "On My Own" pretending that Marius is beside her and she professes her love for him. The barricade has been completed and even though the revolutionaries will get no official help, they believe that the people will rise to throw off their yoke of tyranny. Javert climbs the barricade, tells them of the enemies' plans and is called a liar by Gavroche who knows the truth. Javert is tied up and is to be taken to a people's court which he renounces. Eponine, fatally wounded, climbs the barricade and dies in Marius' arms. Valjean arrives and because of his age he is not allowed to fight but is told to guard Javert.

An attack is fought off and Valjean cuts Javert's bonds and urges him to flee. Javert, the obsessed, tells Valjean even if he is freed he will continue to try to ensnare Valjean. Valjean tells the policeman he is free with no conditions and if they survive where to find him on Rue Plumet. The fighting men relax and sing of girls, love, and life before drifting off to sleep. Valjean, standing over the sleeping Marius asks God to "Bring Him Home" alive for Marius is like the son he might have known.

The second attack begins. Marius and Valjean argue as to whom will climb the barricade to pick up desperately needed ammunition from the corpses in the street. While they argue, Gavroche climbs the barricade and is shot to death.

The final battle begins, the revolutionaries refuse to give up, and all are dead but for Valjean and a seriously wounded and unconscious Marius. Valjean carries Marius into the sewers soon followed on the surface streets by the relentless Javert. Thenardier is looting a dead man of his gold teeth after having stolen from the corpses in the street. Valjean collapses with exhaustion and Thenardier steals Marius’ ring from the unconscious man's finger. When he recognizes Valjean, Thenardier flees and a revived Valjean, still carrying the body of Marius, continues his journey through the sewers. As they emerge from the sewers, they meet Javert. Valjean pleads with Javert that he must save the boy's life and that in an hour he will be Javert's prisoner. Javert lets him go and wanders to a bridge in shock as he tries to reconcile Valjean's letting him go free when he could have taken his revenge. Javert is obsessed by the thought that perhaps Valjean's sins will be forgiven and reprieved by the highest court of all. Javert's world is totally shaken and he realizes that Valjean, even by granting him his life, has killed him even so. Unable to reconcile his monomaniacal view of the world, Javert throws himself into the swollen river to his death.

Marius, although delusional seeing the ghosts of his dead friends, is slowly recovering and each day, encouraged by Cosette, becomes stronger and stronger. The young lovers proclaim their feelings for one another and Marius acknowledges his debt to Valjean. Valjean now tells Marius of his long past crime, punishment, and breaking of parole. Valjean tells the youth he will leave and that Marius must tell Cosette he has gone on a journey.

At the wedding of Marius and Cosette, the Baron and Baroness de Thenard, our old friends, now nobility, appear. Marius tries to send them away, but they tell Marius that on the night of the attack, Valjean was carrying a corpse and tries to prove it by showing Marius the ring that had been stolen from Marius' finger. Now our young hero knows for certain that it was Valjean to whom he owes his life and that no matter what occurs in this world, the evil that is the Thenardiers will survive, because money is what keeps them "masters of the land."

Alone in his room, Valjean is waiting to die. The spirit of Fantine tells him that because he fulfilled his promise by raising Cosette he "will be with God." Marius thanks Valjean for saving his life. Valjean gives Cosette his last confession—the story of those who loved her.

The ghosts of Fantine and Eponine take Valjean to his glory while Valjean teaches Cosette that "To love another person is to see the face of God." All sing that freedom will come; all will have their reward when the distant drums are heard. All that will happen when tomorrow comes.

synopsis courtesy of Music Theatre International

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