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The legendary Broadway musicaland recent Hollywood hit LesMisérables comes to the ClarkCenter stage in Arroyo Grande onFriday, August 2nd at 8:00 pm, andSaturday, August 3rd at 2:00 pm.In its eighteenth year, ChameleonProductions is proud to presentthis powerful and iconic musicalbrought to life by a cast of over 30 performers, a dynamic andstunning set, and a musical scorethat is loved by millions.Les Miserables is a musical basedon the novel of the same nameby Victor Hugo. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story ofJean Valjean and his quest for redemption after serving nineteenyears in jail for having stolen a loafof bread for his starving sister’schild. Valjean decides to break hisparole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him, buthe is relentlessly tracked downby an obsessed police inspector named Javert.Along the way, Valjean and a slewof characters are swept into arevolutionary period in France,where a group of young idealistsmake their last stand at a streetbarricade. First published in1862, and considered one of thegreatest novels of the 19thcentury, Les Miserables examinesthe nature of law and grace,and elaborates upon love, faith,forgiveness, class struggles,politics, economic inequality,and personal and societalchange.
Due to scenes depicting
abject poverty, prostitution,corruption, war, and death,parental guidance is suggested for children under age 13.
The epic musical Les Misérableshas played on Broadway, inLondon, and in touring companiesin 40 countries around the worldfor nearly 30 years. With therights now available, this summer
marks the rst opportunity for
local, non-touring companies tobring this spectacular show to thecommunity stage. ChameleonProductions is proud to present
the rst full-length version of this
show on the central coast.Even with decades of theater experience under their belts,director and producer team Danaand Jenny Shaheen, have foundthe production of Les Misérablesto be not only an exhilaratingchallenge, but one that isultimately fruitful and rewarding.
Evenings have been lled with
preparing over two hours of non-
stop music and action, lled with
rousing full-cast numbers, bloodybattles, show-stopping songs,and intricately grand set changes.Daytime has been spent buildingthese elaborate and dynamic setpieces that will transform theClark Center stage into the chaoticand energy-charged streets of19th century France.Under the musical directionof Mark Robertshaw, this castfeatures the amazing voices ofmany performers, both newand familiar to central coastaudiences. Leading men JacobGarrison (Jean Valjean) and Jacob
Shearer (Javert) ll the stage
with powerhouse voices. Theyare joined by leading ladies Sydni
Abenido (Eponine), Taylor Sana
(Cossette) and Jenny Shaheen(Fantine), whose mesmerizingvoices tell this story of love, loss,
conict, and the survival of the
human spirit. Other faces familiar to central coast audiences includeGregory Gorrindo (Marius), MattAmbrose (Enjolras), NicholasJohnson (Thenardier), and RobinKirk Wolf (Madame Thenardier).Chameleon Productions, foundedby Dana and Jenny Shaheen, isnow in its eighteenth year. Theyare well-known in the central coastcommunity for hits such as JesusChrist Superstar, West Side Story,Evita, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll & Hydeand many others. Tickets ($25-35)are available at clarkcenter.org,(805) 489-9444. To learn more,visit chameleonproductions805.com or facebook at ChameleonProductions 805.
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