Possum Point Players to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with LES MISERABLES, Begin. 9/20
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the Possum Point Players will be the first theatrical group in Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula to present the complete version of Les Miserables, the winner of eight Tony awards, including "best musical," "best original score" and "best direction of a musical." Performances will be at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Rd, Georgetown, DE, on September 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and October 4, 5 and 6, 2013, at 7:30 PM for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 PM for Sunday matinees. Tickets are $23 for adults and $22 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale online at http://www.possumpointplayers.org or by calling the PPP ticketline at 302-856-4560.
Les Miserables was not on PPP's original 2013 schedule because the rights to perform the show in a community theater were not yet available. However, the rights became available early in 2013 for the first time ever and, according to Board Member and director of the show, Kenney Workman: "We thought this was a PERFECT way to observe the Possums' 40th anniversary in a special way," he said. "Not every group that applies for the rights to perform the show is successful, but the Possums were told in January that they had been granted the rights, but the news could not be released publicly until April," added Workman.
Shortly after PPP revealed that it would be producing the show this fall, plans for a Broadway revival of Les Mis in 2014 were announced and community theater rights to perform the show became unobtainable. According to Workman: "That makes PPP's 40th anniversary production of Les Mis even more special."
There are some challenges in bringing Les Mis to a community theater stage. First, the show is basically an opera. According to Workman, "There are really no spoken lines in the show - everything is sung. And many of the roles are very difficult from a vocal perspective," he said.
Then there's the stage. The show has always been done on a larger revolving stage, which the Possums do not have. But Workman says this production at Possum Hall will give the audience "a much more up close and personal production then they are used to seeing, if they have seen Les Mis previously." "I am happy to say that my team and cast are meeting all of the production challenges head-on and I think audiences will be delighted with the results. The vocal quality is astounding," he added. "If you do not have tickets yet, get them soon. It is going to be an amazing celebration of the Possums' 40th anniversary," he concluded.
LES MISERABLES is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI; 421 West 54th Street; New York, NY 10019; Phone: 212-541-4684; Fax: 212-397-4684; http://www.mtishows.com/.