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June 29th, 2008, 8:20 pm #11

I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job. Such a great musical.
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June 29th, 2008, 9:26 pm #12

Fullerton Junior College or Cal State Fullerton? Any Chapman College kids in the production? Many moons ago I was active with the Fullerton Civic Light Opera,is that even still active? Wish I was still in the area, I would love to come see the production. We are actually waiting to hear about a Les Mis call back for my daughter, she is hoping for young Cosette here in Denver. Good luck to you.
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Meghan
Meghan

June 29th, 2008, 10:17 pm #13

Its at Fullerton Junior College. and Yes, FCLO is still active, they just closed a production of oliver that I knew several people in. Our Gavroche was Oliver. (he also played gavroche in the national tour of les mis). No, there arent any Chapman students in the production, im pretty sure. It is mainly seniors in high school or recent graduates with the exception of a few college students, because MTI limits the rights and all cast members must be under 19 years old. Good Luck to your daughter with young cosette! my little sister auditioned for that role, but ended up getting young eponine ( which in her 8 year old words is "so dumb! I dont even get to talk or sing"). The girls who are fantine and cossette both have very dark hair though, so there was no way that they could beleivably cast my blonde little sister. but good luck to your daughter! let us know if she gets it!
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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

June 30th, 2008, 1:23 am #14

LES MISERABLES
Fullerton College, (Fullerton,Orange County, CA)
the cast is incredibly talented, and includes me. So if anyone wants to see it, it will definately be a really really great production. email me if you want more info.
Speaking of "Les Mis," my cousin, Laurel, is currently playing young Cosette in "Les Mis" at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. She is double cast with another little girl but Laurel performs all of the weekend shows. If anyone is in the area and wants to see "Les Mis," this theatre is one of only 5 around the country that was granted the rights to do a professional production after the Broadway production closed.

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Denver
Denver

June 30th, 2008, 1:41 am #15

Denver was also granted full prof. rights, it is quite exciting for our theatre community.

Equity auditions were held in New York as well as here in town. For those interested, here is a peek into the audition process and how the rights were granted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq3QsRHQuLs Week 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxb2R9DZXHY Week 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRMIM1hkuPY Week 3
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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

June 30th, 2008, 5:05 am #16

Well now I want to know who got cast. These videos are a terrific example for all of you pursuing musical theatre and all of you moms with kids interested in pursuing musical theatre. For one audition for a local theatre in Denver, the theatre saw over 300 people locally, then had to go to New York and have the required two days of open auditions and one day of agent appointment auditions (per Equity). Probably another 300 people to consider for roles in the show. The Denver locals were probably thinking they would not have a chance to be cast if the Director was also auditioning performers in New York. The New York performers were probably thinking there would only be a few Equity contract roles and most of the ensemble would be cast with local talent (to avoid having to pay for housing and food for New York performers). Then the Director admits that it was nicer to watch local performers he knew and had worked with before because there was that familiarity.

My point is, with any given show there are only a select number of parts. Depending on the theatre and budget, there may only be a certain number of Equity vs. non-Equity contracts available. Local actors are cheaper to hire but New York actors bring a certain level of professionalism and publicity. Then there are the performers that have worked at the the theatre or with the Director before who tend to have an upper hand, unless they mess up their audition. So, those are a lot of factors at play, leaving pretty poor odds of getting cast if you are a beginner or you can't compete with the other talent (due to lack of training).

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NYCMom
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June 30th, 2008, 3:42 pm #17

Denver was also granted full prof. rights, it is quite exciting for our theatre community.

Equity auditions were held in New York as well as here in town. For those interested, here is a peek into the audition process and how the rights were granted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq3QsRHQuLs Week 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxb2R9DZXHY Week 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRMIM1hkuPY Week 3
I think 5 theaters nationally were granted rights in 2007. But this season, many more productions have popped up. Those videos were great to watch. I think the director was leaning towards casting as many talented locals as possible in his production, which was nice to see. Very interesting, thanks for posting. I also now want to know which actors were cast!
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Annie Kid
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June 30th, 2008, 7:37 pm #18

LES MISERABLES
Fullerton College, (Fullerton,Orange County, CA)
the cast is incredibly talented, and includes me. So if anyone wants to see it, it will definately be a really really great production. email me if you want more info.
I've worked for this company in the past - the directors are AWESOME to work with! - Mary


http://www.grandforksherald.com/article ... ertainment


'Lez Miz' at Frost Fire
Paulette Tobin Grand Forks Herald
Published Friday, June 27, 2008

With its themes of redemption and revolution, the musical “Les Miserables” is one that Judith and Dick Johnson of Frost Fire Theatre have been trying to bring to their outdoor theater stage for about 15 years.

Last fall, they got the permission they were seeking, and Saturday “Les Miserables,” probably the most acclaimed musical written in the past 25 years, will open for a five-week run at Frost Fire seven miles west of Walhalla, N.D., on County Road 55.

Amy Jo Paukert of Michigan, N.D., who with her husband, David Paukert, is directing the show, has felt the power of “Les Miz.”

“The first time I saw it, when the first act ended, I could hardly breathe,” Amy Jo Paukert said. “My mom had given me a Kleenex, and I had it shredded by the end of the first act. It is just very intense, very moving. It has an amazing musical score and because it touches so many different issues, so many people can relate to it.”

“Les Miserables” will be on stage at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional Saturday shows will be at 6 p.m. July 5, 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2. Additional Sunday shows will be at 2 p.m. July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3 and Wednesday shows at 2 p.m. July 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Tickets for the show, with an optional dinner and a special rate for groups of 10 or more, are available by calling (701) 549-3600. For more information, go to www.frostfiretheatre.com.

“Les Miz” was composed in 1980 by the Claude-Michel Schönberg with a libretto by Alain Boublil. Among the best-known songs of the Tony award-winning musical are “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More,” “A Heart Full of Love,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and “On My Own.”

Based on the 1862 novel “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo and set in early 19th century France, the story follows a convict, Jean Valjean (played by Joshua Gunderson of Devils Lake), who breaks his parole and tries to conceal his identity, and the police inspector Javert (Darin Kerr, Bowling Green, Ohio), who becomes obsessed with finding Valjean.

Fantine (Ashley Braxton, Grand Forks) is a single mother forced to become a prostitute to support her daughter, Cosette (Crystal Cossette, Eagan, Minn.) who is adopted by Valjean. Marius (Jared Kinney, Manvel, N.D.) is a student who falls in love with Cosette.

David Paukert plays a role in the show as well, as an unscrupulous innkeeper. Debra Berger, Grand Forks, plays his wife, whose daughter, Eponine (Misti Koop) is hopelessly in love with Marius.

They and the other main characters are joined by an ensemble that includes prostitutes, student revolutionaries, factory workers and others.

“It’s definitely one of the most challenging shows we’ve done at Frost Fire,” David Paukert said. “It’s basically an opera and all of the dialogue is sung.”

Paukert said they had a “cast of casts” with enough talent to meet the challenges. More than 50 people tried out for the show, with auditions beginning last fall. “Les Miz” is unlike many musicals that rely on a couple of leads and two or three secondary roles, because in it, all of the roles are extensive singing roles.

“It really requires a special group of performers to pull off a show like this,” he said.

Directing the show has been challenging at times, Amy Jo Paukert said, with her husband and co-director as one of its actors while she plays keyboard, and the musical director, Charles McCauley, plays bass. Directing, after all, requires someone to be in the audience to watch the action unfold. Again, a talented and experienced cast has been the key, she said.

“They’ve been great to direct,” she said. “For most of them, they have so much experience that if you give them their blocking, they intuitively know what to do. And a lot of the cast knew each other (before “Les Miz”) so they gelled really well.”

For Amy Jo Paukert, one of the best parts of the show is when the bishop tells Jean Valjean that he has to purchase his soul for God, which puts Valjean on “this amazing journey to turn his life around.” Javert, on the other hand, can see the world only in black and white.

“It deals with so many, many human issues,” she said. “There’s poverty, there’s war, there’s love and unrequited love. There’s spirituality and what you make of the conditions that you’ve been given in life.”

Amy Jo Paukert is a part-time teacher in Lakota, N.D., and a private piano instructor. David Paukert just retired from teaching at Larimore, N.D., and is a photographer. Dick and Judith Johnson, producers of the show, own and operate Frost Fire Theatre.

Frost Fire is one of the first companies (if not the first), David Paukert said, in North Dakota to perform the full version of “Les Miserables.” In summer 2007, Summer Performing Arts of Grand Forks and its teen cast performed the student version of “Les Miz.”

Reach Tobin at (701) 780-1134; (800) 477-6572, ext. 134; or send e-mail to ptobin@gfherald.com.
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K-the-O ;-)
K-the-O ;-)

July 1st, 2008, 12:40 am #19

Speaking of "Les Mis," my cousin, Laurel, is currently playing young Cosette in "Les Mis" at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. She is double cast with another little girl but Laurel performs all of the weekend shows. If anyone is in the area and wants to see "Les Mis," this theatre is one of only 5 around the country that was granted the rights to do a professional production after the Broadway production closed.

Julie
Julie,

Will we get any audio, video or pictures?
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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

July 1st, 2008, 7:40 am #20

Sadly, I won't be able to get to Philly to see (or video) the production, but here is a cute photo of my cousin from the program.



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