Theatre-goers in the Illawarra will hear the people sing once more, with the Arcadians Theatre Group staging the much-loved musical Les Misérables this November.
The Group, who are based in Corrimal, will be presenting the mammoth production in their own Miner’s Lamp Theatre – a feat only possible after extensive stage renovations conducted by the Group during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Malcolm White, director of this new production said: “Les Misérables is an epic musical and my production team and I have spent years planning how we will bring the streets of Paris to life right here in Corrimal.”
“Les Mis is such an enduring show because of the emotional connection forged between the audience and the characters. It is a grand epic that spotlights the triumph of the human spirit but is also a heartbreaking examination of human cruelty.
“This new production is certainly not afraid to put the miserable in Les Misérables,” Mr White said.
The Arcadians Theatre Group notably staged the then highest grossing non-metropolitan season of Les Misérables in Australia with their November 1993 production and February 1994 revival season of the show. 29 years later, the people will sing once more.
For Jack Gibbs, who will be performing in the role of Enjolras, his involvement with Les Mis fulfils a family legacy – Jack’s parents performed in the 1993 and 1994 seasons.
“It is great to be able to keep the family tradition alive,” he said.
President of the Arcadians Theatre Group, Steve Sanders, said: “We are so excited to be staging Les Mis for one season more. At the end of the day, we dreamed a dream of full audiences to look down on our talented company as they perform with a heart full of love.
“With a cast of 43 locals, an enormous mobile barricade, and a runaway cart – this production is not to be missed,” Mr Sanders said.
Les Misérables is a musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. First staged in 1980, the show has been seen by over 65 million people worldwide.
This production will run from 4-19 November 2022. Tickets are available at https://arcadians.org.au/
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