Because the audience is so close to the cast on center stage, props have been carefully selected from Africa, France and India for an authentic sense of time and place. The stage is in constant motion throughout the production. And one scene has 36 set changes in one act alone!
Almost 600 local performers auditioned for Les Miserables, but just 10 percent were cast, including some of the best non-professional talent in Utah. Hale costumers have been working overtime to outfit the performers in more than 300 costumes, including several wedding dresses. The show also features the largest number of human-hair wigs in an HCT production. More than 75 wigs will be restyled on performers between scenes.
Les Miserables is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant in 19th-century France, and his quest for redemption following 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread. Valjean breaks parole and starts his life anew, becomes a pillar of society and adopts Cosette, the daughter of a former employee. As the French Revolution foments, Cosette falls in love with a passionate revolutionary while police inspector Javert, who has been on the hunt for Valjean over several years, begins to close in on Valjean's secret past.
Les Miserables premiered in Paris in 1980 and was adapted into a 2012 film by Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper. It has been seen on stage by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and 22 languages, and has earned more than 100 major theatre awards.
HCT's Les Miserables is directed and choreographed by Tinney and features Casey Elliott and Kyle Olsen as Jean Valjean; Preston Yates and Adam Dietlein as Javert; Megan Heaps and Erin Royall Carlson as Fantine; Stephen Kerr and Josh Richardson as Thenardier; Camille Van Wagoner and Emily Bell as Madame Thenardier; Bradley Lever and Derek Smith as Enjolras; Tim Cooper and Brad Robins as Marius; Jessica Sundwall and Rachel Woodward as Cosette; and Anna Daines Rennaker and Madeline Weinberger as Eponine. Musical direction is by Kelly DeHaan, with set design by Kacey Udy, sound design by Dan Morgan and lighting by Brian Healy. Costumes have been co-designed by Suzanne Carling and Peggy Willis.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Feb. 14 to April 19, with Saturday matinees at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and several weekday matinees at 4 p.m. Admission is $32 for adults and $16 for children ages 5 to 11.
For ticket information, please visit: Hale Centre Theatre.