Les Misérables Opens at Ocean State Theatre on October 2
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), has announced the opening of their first full season in their new state-of-the-Art Theatre in Warwick. The company's 2013-14 season begins with the Rhode Island Regional Theatre Premiere of "the world's most popular musical," LES MISERABLES, which opens on October 2.
Sponsored by Charland, Marciano & Company, CPAs, LLP, LES MISERABLES takes place in 19th century France as Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary, who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert is unable to reconcile Valjean's merciful act. Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long. Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISERABLES has thrilled audiences throughout the world. Contains adult content.
Directed and staged by Producing Artistic Director Amiee Turner, with musical direction by John Jay Espino, who music directed last spring's production of The King and I, the cast includes Rhode Island's own Fredric S. Scheff, who toured the country in Phantom of the Opera, and whose local appearances include the South County Chamber Singers, Opera Providence, Operatunity, Operartisti, University of Rhode Island, Ocean State Light and Lyric Opera Companies, Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, Theatre-by-the-Sea, Beavertail Productions, and Trinity Repertory Company. Mr. Scheff will be making his OSTC debut in the role of Valjean. Valjean's nemesis, Javert, will be portrayed by Medford, Mass. native and Boston Conservatory graduate, Kevin B McGlynn. The roles of Cosette and Marius will be played by East Providence native, Meagan McNulty and Coventry resident, Tommy Labanaris, who are both making their OSTC debuts. Alyssa Gorgone, who won rave reviews in OSTC's summer production of Legally Blonde, returns as Eponine and New Yorkactress, Lindsie VanWinkle makes her OSTC debut as Fantine, while her husband,Scott Guthrie, who audiences will remember from OSTC productions of The Full Monty and 9 to 5 will portray Enjolras. The Thenardiers will be portrayed by real-life newlywed couple JP Sarro, who appeared in OSTC productions of The King and I, Hairspray and Man of La Mancha and Nicole Paloma Sarro, who recently appeared as Paulette in OSTC's Legally Blonde. The role of Gavroche will be shared betweenCranston resident Bobby Miller III and Iain Yarbrough of Wrentham, Mass., withWarwick residents Laurel McMahon and Grace Truslow alternating in the roles of Young Cosette and Young Eponine. Other local performers include Brandon Albertoof New Bedford, Caroline Bateson of East Greenwich, Derek Capobianco ofCranston, Josh Christensen of Warwick, Matt DaSilva of North Providence, Melanie Gendreau of Seekonk, Desirée Justin of Fall River, Kevin PatRick Martin ofCumberland, Staci Morin of Somerset, Mass., and Matthew Eamon Ryan of Hanson,Mass.
LES MISERABLES will be presented at Ocean State Theatre from October 2 - 27. Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, October 3 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. All other performances will be held Wednesday (except October 9 & 23) through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Thursdays (except October 17 & 24), Saturdays at 2:00 pm (except October 19 & 26) and Sundays at 2:00 pm.Conducting Conversations Live!, a free post-show discussion hosted by WCRI's Mike Maino, will follow the 2pm performance on Sunday, October 6. The new post show Piano Bar Series, will kick off with "Do You Hear the People SingUptempos!" and will be held following Friday and Saturday evening performances in the theatre's lobby on October 11, 12, 18 and 19.