Potomac State to hold auditions for “Les Miserables”

Potomac State College of West Virginia University will hold auditions for “Les Miserables” on Sunday, September 15 at 6 p.m. and Monday, September 16 at 7 p.m. at the Church-McKee Arts Center. The call-back date is set for Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m.  Anyone planning to audition should come prepared to sing a selection from the show.  All ages are encouraged to audition. 

Les MiserablesShow dates for the spring production of “Les Miserables” are scheduled for March 20 – 30, 2014. Rehearsals will begin in January.

The journey of “Les Miserables” begins in France in 1815 when convict, Jean Valjean, is released on parole by Javert, a prison guard, after having served a 19-year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread.

Valjean is offered food and shelter by the Bishop of Digne but steals his silver during the night. He is caught by the authorities but the Bishop lies by saying that the silver was given as a gift; thereby, securing Valjean's release. Touched by the Bishop's love, grace and generosity, Valjean breaks his parole and vows to start an honest life under a new identity, while Javert swears he will bring the escaped convict to justice.

Years later, Valjean has become a wealthy factory owner and mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer. A young woman named Fantine, one of his workers, is discovered to be sending money to her illegitimate daughter, Cosette who lives with the unscrupulous Thénardiers. After being dismissed by the foreman, Fantine is left with no means of providing for her daughter and turns to prostitution but is soon diagnosed with a terminal case of tuberculosis.

Valjean vows to Fantine that he will look after her daughter and so begins an incredible journey of love, deceit and revolt which is set against the backdrop of a revolution involving idealistic students and the Parisian government; all the while, Valjean attempts to keep his true identity a secret from Cosette.

Any questions about the auditions should be directed to Tom Valentine at 301-268-6310 or Brian Plitnik at Brian.Plitnik@mail.wvu.edu

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