'Les Miserables' Opens July 29 At College Light Opera Company

The College Light Opera Company (CLOC) will present “Les Misérables” as the sixth show of its 46th season.

“Les Misérables,” set in early 19th-century France, is the story of French peasant Jean Valjean, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving sister’s child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

This production is led by stage director Mark Pearson and music director Beth Burrier. In addition to “Les Misérables,” Mr. Pearson directed “The White Horse Inn,” “Lady, Be Good!” and “Carousel.” Ms. Burrier also music directed “The Pajama Game” earlier this season.

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Mr. Pearson, originally from Hull, received his degrees from Boston College and Boston University and currently lives in Germany. Ms. Burrier, a resident of State College, Pennsylvania, and a faculty member at Penn State, received her degrees from Otterbein University and Ithaca College.

New CLOC vocal company members in the show are Rebecca Brudner as Eponine, Lindsay Cabaniss as Madame Thérnardier, Melissa Carson as Fantine, Billy Hicks as Marius, Becca Jackson as Cossette and Adam Wells as Javert.

Returning members include Bruce Barger as Jean Valjean, Nick Martiniano as Enjolras and Gunnar Manchester as Monsieur Thénardier.

This production of “Les Misérables” will also feature Bourne resident Molly Baptist as Gavroche and Pocasset resident Makena Jarvis as Young Cossette. Both are 5th graders at Bourne Middle School.

“Les Misérables” will run Tuesday, July 29, through Saturday, August 2, at 8 PM, with a Thursday matinee at 2 PM. Tickets are $35 and are available at the CLOC box office 58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, 2 to 5 PM, and 7 to 9 PM, or by calling 508-548-0668. 

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