Description:

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from 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 lifelong 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.

Please be aware that the Crighton Theatre is a historic building and does NOT have an elevator.  If you or anyone in your party is unable to climb stairs, please email mary@cythouston.org immediately after purchasing tickets so that you can be seated downstairs. 

Due to current Open Texas rules on COVID-19 protocols for Fine Arts Performance Halls and Patrons, staff and patrons are required to wear protective masks at all times while attending performances.  

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Les Miserables Director’s Vision, Mary Yost

Bonjour!

How exciting to travel to France with you all this spring!

Inspiration for Les Miserables Student Edition comes primarily from three places:
  1. The Bible
  2. The book by Victor Hugo “ Les Miserables”
  3. Performances that are intriguing and powerful
First, the Bible because Les Miserables is a story that pits the Law against Grace. Throughout the stage production we hear motifs that bring us back to our walk on this earth and the choices that we make. Are we more inclined to be punitive and seek punishment because that punishment fits the crime? Or will we seek to find a grace that is granted to the undeserving through our Christ by the Holy Spirit’s power.

Second, Victor Hugo‘s book explains in great detail how far we tend to stray from the beautiful grace that is bestowed upon us because of Jesus‘s sacrifice. I want every scene in this show to reflect the freedom we are afforded by walking daily as a Christian. But more importantly how do we impart that freedom to those who are not Christians. Do we hit them over the head with the law? Or do we love them into a relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ?

And third, I have watched many performances of Les Mis; some are good and some are not so good. The story is powerful and beautiful and our audience should feel that power and beauty as they sit and look forward to the next note to be sung. My favorite version is from Korea!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f-PzYI-aHoM

This show has mature themes and, while we are careful and sensitive, we do not shy away from them. Every child who is auditioning for the show should be aware of what this show is about. It’s about life, it’s about death, and all the beauty and ugliness in between the two. There are prostitutes in this show. They will be dressed modestly, and they will never be called by a demeaning name. The Lovely Ladies are integral to the story because they represent a part of society that has been neglected, demeaned, ignored, and disposed of. And this is where Fantine lands after trying her best. At Valjean’s lowest moment, the bishop taught him the value of his own soul and he is then able to pay that forward to Fantine at the depths of her depravity. Jean Valjean recognizes the value of Fantine’s soul and he does not throw her away because Jesus never threw anyone away.

We will be careful as we cast the Lovely Ladies. These roles will be filled by older students and auditioners may write on their form that they prefer not to be a Lovely Lady.

All roles will be cast according to:

1. Vocal ability
2. Acting
3. Dancing
4. Maturity

*Please don’t bring an accent to the audition. We won’t use accents.

*Ethnicity will not be considered for any role. In other words, all roles are open to everyone.

*Every show is only as strong as its ensemble. The ensemble is truly the backbone of Les Miserables. This ensemble brings life and power to the story. Every member of the show is equally valuable just as is every member of the body of Christ!

*All CYT students (8+) are permitted to audition for Les Mis, but please be aware that the majority of the cast will be older. Other than the 3 named young characters (young Cosette, young Eponine, and Gavroche), the younger cast members will be ensemble roles.

Character Specifics:

Jean Valjean, Strong presence throughout the entire show, He must be able to have a full character arc of not only self recognition but he ages to an old man by the end of the show.

Fantine should be mature, serious, and in love with her daughter. Her song is a standalone and she must be able to fill the stage and hold the audience with her words and her grief. She dies in act one, scene five, she’ll have a cameo in Castle on a Cloud, and then she’ll become a barricade boy for the rest of the show.

Thenardier is a liar, a cheat, a despicable person. He is a fool and should be hard to like. 

Madame Thenardier must be an excellent actress, she must sell the fact that she could careless about anybody and she has nothing but self-seeking and larceny on her mind.

Javert is strong in voice and stature. He cannot waiver from his enforcement of right and wrong.

Cosette is spoiled, but loves her father and is tired of being on the run. She falls in love with Marius after seeing him once. She must have a lot of energy and bring a freshness to this role. She is who this whole show is wrapped around.

Eponine should be strong and streetwise. She should not sound like a country western singer. I’m not looking for a belter.

Marius is trying to grow up. He is privileged and is trying to become socially conscious. He’s impulsive, passionate, and romantic. Strong tenor.

Enjolras is the charismatic leader of the Friends of the ABC/barricade boys. He knows who he is. Strong and undeterred.

Young Cosette is waif-like, strong voice. Size wise she should appear very young. Young Cosette does not have to look like old Cosette.

Gavroche is a male character, but may be cast with a girl playing a boy in this role. He is around 8-10 years. He must be noticeably smaller than the barricade boys.

Returning to 19th century France is a dream come true. Our team is praying for clarity and God’s will for this production. We are so grateful to share this exciting experience with you!

Vive la France! Mrs. Yost
 

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, May 14th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 15th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, May 15th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 16th @ 2:00pm
  • Friday, May 21st @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 22nd @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, May 22nd @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 23rd @ 2:00pm
Tickets go on sale Sunday March 21, 2021 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:


The Crighton Theatre:

234 N Main Street, Conroe, TX 77301


Show Notes:

Audition & Rehearsal Location:
Klein United Methodist Church
5920 FM - 2920
Spring, Tx. 77388

Vocal Auditions - February 19th, 4pm-6pm and will resume again after dance auditions from 7:45-8:45
You must be enrolled in a spring session class in order to sign up for an audition time slot. Registrations will open on January 23rd at 8am.
To sign up for a vocal audition time slot or edit the time slot:
  • Log into your CYT family account through the website.
  • Navigate to the family member on your dashboard.
  • Click the Tools drop down box and choose Auditions. 
  • Appointment times may be edited here. 
You will have 2 minutes to shine! The director wants at least one minute used as vocal audition and the second minute may be used for 1 minute monologue, or you can have a 2 minute cut of a song or you can sing two different songs with 1 minute per song. 

Masks are required for everyone entering the building and those auditioning. The mask can be removed when delivering the vocal audition. Les Mis will have closed auditions. 

Dance Auditions - February 19th, 6:15-7:30

Everyone will attend the dance audition. You do not need to prepare anything for the dance audition. The choreographer will teach you a portion of a dance and you will perform this with a group. 
Dancers will be distanced and required to wear a face shield or mask during dance auditions. 

What to bring to auditions:
  • Lots of enthusiasm and a smile!
  • Costume Form and Production Fee Form
  • Bring your audition music downloaded on your own device. We have the adapters to plug in to our speaker. No Bluetooth unless you bring your own speaker pre-paired. 
  • 1 Headshot - This does not have to be fancy. A current 4x6 or 5x7 headshot will be perfect. 
  • *Production Fees - We can accept credit cards, checks, or cash.
  • A labeled water bottle and there is a water fountain you can use for refills. 
*Production Fee Information: When you turn in your production fee form, please come prepared with cash, check or card (there is a (.015% or $3) fee to offset the cost of accepting cards). If you have a credit on your family account and would like to use that, you will need to let us know when you turn in your form and we will verify it. 

Les Mis Audition Packet
The deadline to submit the audition packet is February 17th. 

What to wear:
Auditioning is like a job interview. It's unnecessary to wear a suit, but don't wear shorts and flip flops. Avoid dressing similarly to a character in the show. For dance auditions, wear something comfortable and appropriate for dancing like athletic shorts and a t-shirt. Most students like to change out of dance attire and freshen up, if their vocal audition time slot is after dance auditions. 

Callbacks:
February 20, 10:00am
A callback schedule by role will be sent out after auditions. 


Rehearsals:
Feb. 26-27
March 5-6
March 12-13
March 19-20
March 26-27
April 9-10
April 16-17
April 23-24
April 30-May 1
May 7-8

Tech Week:
May 9-13

Performances: 
May 14-16
May 21-23


Le Directeur - Mary Yost
Le Directeur Adjoint - Isabelle Yost
Le Directeur Vocal - Veronica Amandola
Le Chorégraphe - Melody Johnson

Le Intern - Isabel Flanery
Le Intern - Ryan Ramsower

Le Show Coordinatrice – Robyn Flanery

robyn@cythouston.org
Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Les Miserables Facebook Group



 

Parent Meeting

Friday, February 26th 7:00pm

There are two mandatory parent meetings and both will be held at Klein UMC. The first parent meeting is Friday, February 26 @ 7:30pm, the first night of rehearsal. The second parent meeting is Friday, May 7, @ 7:30pm, the Friday before moving into tech week. If you aren't able to attend please send someone in your place to take notes and ask questions.


Characters:

Jean Valjean

Jean Valjean is the hero of the show. It is his life journey that we follow. Jean Valjean is supposed to be stronger than other men. He should carry himself confidently onstage and come across to the audience as reasonably mature and paternal. Valjean’s capacity for change is his greatest asset throughout the story. The key to his character is his great humanity and compassion. Jean Valjean is a vocally demanding role. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: G#2

Javert

Javert is the inspector who serves as antagonist to Jean Valjean. Javert is unswerving in his belief that men cannot change for the better. "Once a thief, always a thief" is his mantra. At first glance, Javert might appear to be the villain of the story, but upon closer examination, it is clear that he is not an evil man. He is a dedicated policeman with a profoundly strong sense of duty. Unlike Valjean, Javert's attitudes are rigid and unmovable. He is stern, forbidding, and lacking in compassion. Javert should be a talented actor who can convincingly stand up to Jean Valjean. Javert should have a rich baritone voice. Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: F2

Galley Slaves

The Galley Slaves consists of Jean Valjean’s fellow prisoners. There are five soloists (Convicts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). The overall vocal range of the Convicts is low, and they should be able sing in a rich baritone range if possible. Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: F2

Constables

There are two solo Constables (Constables 1 and 2) in the show. Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: E3

Farmer

The Farmer has solo lines that are a bit difficult to sing. Vocal range top: Db4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Laborer

Has a solo line. This particular solo line is a bit difficult to sing. Vocal range top: D4

Bishop Of Digne

The Bishop is a good man who saves Valjean’s soul through showing compassion. Don’t overlook the importance of this role. The Bishop of Digne’s kindness carefully establishes the premise of the show by literally buying Jean Valjean’s soul for God. This powerful role requires a nice baritone voice. Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Fantine

Fantine is the beautiful, young woman, who is left to fend for herself and her daughter, Cosette. She is rejected by society and forced through circumstances to sell herself. She is a brave woman defeated by life who clings to her dignity and is sustained by her love for her daughter, sacrificing everything for the young Cosette. The audience witnesses her descent through a series of terrible events leading to poverty, hunger, cold, loneliness, destitution, and death from consumption. Powerful voice that is more mezzo (or alto) than soprano. Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Foreman

The Foreman begins Fantine on her desperate, downward spiral. Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: D3

Factory Workers

The Factory Workers include the following characters with solo lines: Workers 1 and 2, Woman, Factory Girls 1, 2, 3, and 4. Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: E4

Girl 5 (Factory Worker)

Girl 5 (Factory Girl) is the shop girl who fights with Fantine. She is mean, spiteful, and selfish. She also is most likely having feelings for the Foreman and is jealous of his affection for Fantine. Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: F4

Lovely Ladies

The Docks are a depressing and dangerous place to be, occupied by lovely ladies. Vocal range top: Db5 Vocal range bottom: C4

Sailors (Sailors 1,2,3)

Three sailors begin the docks scene. All three have solos. Vocal range top: Db4 Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Bamatabois

Bamatabois is the customer who taunts Fantine into violence. He is a wealthy, dissolute young man who thinks of himself as a gentleman, even dressing in expensive clothes. He chauvinistically feels it is his right to buy anything, even Fantine. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D3

Old Woman

The Old Woman is a nice featured role who purchases Fantine’s hair. Has a solo. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: E4

Hustler

He is mean, aggressive, and abusive. The Hustler has a small solo line in “The Docks. ”Vocal range top: C4 Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Onlookers and Bystanders

These characters make up the crowd of people onstage that witness the cart crash. Onlookers 1, 2, 3, and 4 have solo lines. Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: G4

Fauchelevant

Fauchelevant is the victim of the cart crash. Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: B3

Judge(s)

The Judge or Judges are non-singing roles. They appear once in a courtroom to preside over a trial against Jean Valjean.

Mistaken Jean Valjean and Family

These characters are also non-singing. Mistaken Jean Valjean is the man who Javert believes to be Jean Valjean.

Nuns

The two Nuns are non-singing and non-speaking roles. They serve to take care of Fantine in her sickness.

Young Cosette

Young Cosette is Fantine’s daughter and the Thénardiers’ ward. She has been forced into child labor. She is underfed, beaten by Madame Thénardier, and bullied by Eponine. Make sure your Young Cosette is small and looks properly pathetic yet warms the audience’s hearts. They should be sympathetic to her plight. Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Madame Thénardier

She is married to Thénardier. Together, Madame Thénardier and Thénardier con the world as partners in crime. They were made for each other, and although she complains about him, she loves him dearly. She is coarse and vulgar, unhappy in her existence without knowing why. She is romantic, greedy, manipulative, evil, and larger than life. She is mean and nasty to Little Cosette and able to improvise in nearly any situation. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: G#3

Thénardier

Thénardier is the true villain of Les Misérables School Edition . He is the embodiment of evil. That said, he should also possess a wicked sense of humor. He delights in cheating, robbing, defrauding, and blackmailing, and relishes every aspect of his schemes with glee. He is tough, greedy, brutal, lowbrow, crafty and yet irresistible. He hates society and blames it and everyone else for all his misfortune. Thénardier is also the opportunist and realist of the show. He is a thief, a liar, a cheat, and steals valuables from the dead with no remorse. He is also the comic relief of the production. He is married to Madame Thénardier and is father to Eponine and Gavroche (although he abandoned Gavroche to the streets of Paris). Cast an excellent comedic actor who can portray a nasty edge. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: C2

Young Eponine

Young Eponine is the pampered daughter of the Thénardiers. She does little except taunt Young Cosette. The role requires no singing or speaking.

Gavroche

Gavroche is Thénardier’s son. He is left to fend for himself and lives by his wits in the streets of Paris. His archenemy is Javert, the policeman. Gavroche is brave, witty, and arrogant, with a fantastic, unchanged voice. For comparison, think of a young Artful Dodger. Gavroche is best played by the smallest boy available. Gavroche has a very dramatic death at the barricade. Vocal range top: G5

Urchines

Gavroche’s Gang

Eponine

Eponine is the Thénardiers’ daughter. Living hand to mouth, she survives by helping her father in his life of crime. She is a young girl who is streetwise and tough but also sensitive and lonely. This tragic character is hopelessly in love with Marius, knowing that he will never love her. She bravely follows Marius to the barricades in the hope that they will die there together. She sings one of the most famous numbers in the show, “On My Own”. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Enjolras

Enjolras is the student leader. He is handsome, brave, and daring, although youthful. He combines his revolutionary ideals with strong, charismatic leadership. Victor Hugo described him as “a thinker and a man of action.” On the barricade, he should dominate everyone else physically and vocally. Remember, Enjolras must inspire the students to fight and, ultimately, to die for their beliefs. His death at the barricade is one of the dramatic highlights of the show. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Marius

Marius is the romantic hero of the story. He is impulsive, passionate, willful, and headstrong. His moods change according to his circumstances. He is sweet and tender but also capable of great courage and compassion. In Act I, Marius plays Romeo to Cosette’s Juliet. Marius matures after “The Café Song” as a result of his experiences on the barricade. Marius should have a lovely, lyrical voice with a contemporary edge. Vocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Cosette

Cosette is Fantine’s strong-willed, loving daughter. She is an intelligent, inquiring, personable girl; she is not in any sense a sappy, romantic heroine. Once she is adopted by Jean Valjean, Cosette lives a comfortable, if secluded, life. She falls instantly in love with Marius, changing her world and her priorities. Vocal range top: C6 Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Brujon

Thénardier’s gang of thieves: Brujon is physically very strong. He has the body of a bear and a pea-sized brain. A genuine gangster. Vocal range top: C#4 Vocal range bottom: B3

Babet

Thénardier’s gang of thieves: Babet is physically frail but lean and cunning. Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: E3

Claquesous

Thénardier’s gang of thieves: Claquesous is tough, dangerous, and secretive. Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: C4

Montparnasse

Thénardier’s gang of thieves: Montparnasse is a teenager who is handsome and dangerous. He is well dressed, strongly built, and agile. Vocal range top: C#4 Vocal range bottom: C#3

Combeferre

Members of the ABC society: Combeferre, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Joly, Prouvaire, Lesgles, and Grantaire. These characters compose a secret society of students and workers. The letters A, B, and C, as pronounced in French, make the word "abaisse," which means "the underdog" or "the people below." The members are drawn from wealthy families and have chosen to fight for freedom, in stark contrast to the poor who have no choice due to their downtrodden circumstance. Combeferre is the philosopher and believer in peace. He is gentle, humane, strong, and brave. Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: E3

Feuilly

Members of the ABC society: Combeferre, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Joly, Prouvaire, Lesgles, and Grantaire. These characters compose a secret society of students and workers. The letters A, B, and C, as pronounced in French, make the word "abaisse," which means "the underdog" or "the people below." The members are drawn from wealthy families and have chosen to fight for freedom, in stark contrast to the poor who have no choice due to their downtrodden circumstance. Feuilly is a worker who is a self-educated orphan. He is an affectionate, warm, and poetic believer in "nationality." Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: D3

Courfeyrac

Members of the ABC society: Combeferre, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Joly, Prouvaire, Lesgles, and Grantaire. These characters compose a secret society of students and workers. The letters A, B, and C, as pronounced in French, make the word "abaisse," which means "the underdog" or "the people below." The members are drawn from wealthy families and have chosen to fight for freedom, in stark contrast to the poor who have no choice due to their downtrodden circumstance. Courfeyrac is a youthful, passionate, and fearless student. Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: E3

Joly

Members of the ABC society: Combeferre, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Joly, Prouvaire, Lesgles, and Grantaire. These characters compose a secret society of students and workers. The letters A, B, and C, as pronounced in French, make the word "abaisse," which means "the underdog" or "the people below." The members are drawn from wealthy families and have chosen to fight for freedom, in stark contrast to the poor who have no choice due to their downtrodden circumstance. Joly is an eccentric and light-hearted (although sometimes morbid) medical student. His name is derived from the English word “jolly.” Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: D3

Prouvaire

Members of the ABC society: Combeferre, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Joly, Prouvaire, Lesgles, and Grantaire. These characters compose a secret society of students and workers. The letters A, B, and C, as pronounced in French, make the word "abaisse," which means "the underdog" or "the people below." The members are drawn from wealthy families and have chosen to fight for freedom, in stark contrast to the poor who have no choice due to their downtrodden circumstance. Prouvaire is a kind, soft-spoken, and, at the right moments, strong and masterful poet and student of social studies. Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: D3

Lesgles

Members of the ABC society: Combeferre, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Joly, Prouvaire, Lesgles, and Grantaire. These characters compose a secret society of students and workers. The letters A, B, and C, as pronounced in French, make the word "abaisse," which means "the underdog" or "the people below." The members are drawn from wealthy families and have chosen to fight for freedom, in stark contrast to the poor who have no choice due to their downtrodden circumstance. Lesgles is a cheerful, laughing-at-life (but unlucky) student. He is a close friend of Joly. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: B3

Grantaire

Members of the ABC society: Combeferre, Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Joly, Prouvaire, Lesgles, and Grantaire. These characters compose a secret society of students and workers. The letters A, B, and C, as pronounced in French, make the word "abaisse," which means "the underdog" or "the people below." The members are drawn from wealthy families and have chosen to fight for freedom, in stark contrast to the poor who have no choice due to their downtrodden circumstance. Grantaire is the opposite of Enjolras. He believes in nothing. Although he admires Enjolras, he loves to mock him. Witty and drunken, Grantaire is happy being with the group, and they put up with him because of his good humor. He also keeps a watchful eye on Gavroche, the mascot of the group, and is the most heartbroken when Gavroche is killed. He is so devastated by Gavroche’s death that Grantaire abandons his cynicism and rushes to die on the barricade.

Revolutionaries

An ensemble of Revolutionaries at the barricade scenes.

Sentries

In addition to the ensemble of Revolutionaries, the barricade scenes need actors to serve as Sentries 1 and 2.

Army Officer

The barricade scene needs and actor to play the Army Officer. This actor is heard from offstage.

Turning Women

There are also four soloists for working-class Women in Scene 6 (Women 1, 2, 3, and 4) who sing about the events at the barricade. Vocal range top: Db5 Vocal range bottom: Eb4

Major Domo

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests form a chorus that celebrates the wedding of Marius and Cosette.