Dakota Wesleyan to bring ‘Les Misérables’ to stage
Thursday, September 12, 2013
More than 150 years after it was first written, “Les Misérables” is still touching hearts and inspiring artists. The novel by Victor Hugo turned musical-turned-blockbuster will be performed at Dakota Wesleyan University this spring.
Auditions for DWU’s production of “Les Misérables” will be in early October and are open to all. Audition times are 7 p.m. on Oct. 7-8 in the Patten-Wing Theatre, Hughes Hall, on campus. Adults auditioning should come prepared to sing 16 bars of any non-“Les Misérables” Broadway show tune; auditionees should bring sheet music in the key they wish to sing their selections. Youth auditioning (eighth-grade and younger) will be asked to sing the National Anthem.
“In addition to the principle characters we are looking for a large chorus of actors for this production as well,” said DWU theatre director Dan Miller. “We are excited to bring this beautiful story to the community and we hope people will come out to audition, as well as to support the show in March.”
The part of Jean Valjean will be played by DWU choral director Dr. Clinton Desmond.
“This production is one of those musicals that is on everyone’s wish lists, but to undertake ‘Les Mis’ I had but one request, that Clint, with his beautiful tenor voice and years of experience, agree to play the part of the lead, Jean Valjean. When he agreed, I knew this production would be a success,” Miller said.
The production will be March 21-23 and March 28-30 at the Sherman Center on campus. More information about tickets and times will be released closer to the date.