Dream the Dream

March 31, 2014  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Lyric Theatre Company presents ‘Les Misérables’ with the talents of local volunteers

On Friday, April 4, Lyric Theatre Company, one of New England’s largest volunteer community theatre organizations, opens an ambitious nine-performance run of “Les Misérables” on the MainStage of Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. “Les Misérables,” the musical phenomenon based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The moving and majestic score includes songs which have been imprinted on our hearts — “One Day More,” “On My Own” and “I Dreamed a Dream” to name just a few. Artistic Director Kelly Kendall, Music Director Martin Hain, Choreographer Jane Burchard and Production Supervisor Stephen Kendall lead the team of skilled actors, artists and designers who are excited to showcase why “Les Misérables” has become one of the most beloved Broadway musicals of all time.

Lyric’s 53-member cast hails from 16 Vermont communities and two communities across the lake. Seventeen cast members are making their Lyric debut with this production. Leading players are Ian Ferris of Burlington as the charismatic Jean Valjean and Mark Cranmer of Colchester as the menacing Inspector Javert.

For 40 seasons, Lyric Theatre Company has brought the best of Broadway to Burlington, featuring talented members of our community–your relatives, friends, and colleagues–supported by a full orchestra with lavish sets and costumes, at a ticket price that is affordable

At the heart of most non-profit organizations, you’ll find a cadre of hardworking volunteers. Lyric Theatre Company has earned a reputation as one of the largest volunteer community theatre organizations in the country. Many of the volunteers who contribute their time and talents to Lyric are part of the rapidly-growing age 50+ demographic, including more than three dozen who are performing in the show or chairing some aspect of the production.

Cast members who are part of the age 50+ crowd include Mark Cranmer as Javert, Bob Bolyard as Thenardier, Gilles Fortin as the Bishop, and ensemble members Jayne Methot-Walker and George Walker.

While the cast is in rehearsal, more than 250 additional volunteers, representing 12 Vermont communities, are simultaneously working behind the scenes at Lyric’s warehouse in Williston’s Production Park. On any given night, you will likely find volunteers of all ages and backgrounds building set pieces, painting vibrant canvases, crafting props, sewing costumes, marking lighting cues, preparing hair and make-up designs and doing other tasks necessary to mount the $188,000 production designed by Cheri Forsythe.

Other production-side volunteers who are proud to be in the over-50 demographic include: Freda Tutt, director’s assistant; Sean Leach, stage manager; Kathryn Tampas, vocal coach; Carol Schein, rehearsal pianist; Belinda Emerson, technical director; Vern Emerson, set engineer; Cheri Forsythe, set designer; Tom Dunn, projection designer; Lyn Feinson, costume designer; Debby “Dot” Decker, costume construction chair; Tim Henderson and Ted Anderson, set construction co-chairs; Cathy Rylant, set decoration chair; Corey Gottfried, sound designer; Jeffrey Fox, sound effects designer; Jennifer Honeywood and Ron Cook, hair co-chairs; Kelley Lane, make-up chair; Connie Kite and Mary Kenny, props co-chairs; George Henry, safety and security coordinator; Joann Stanfield and Syndi Zook, box office chairs; Linda Whalen, program chair; Karyn Dubie, promotional wear co-chair; Sarah Tischler, party coordinator; Pat Boera, promotions coordinator; and Elizabeth Wilkins, house chair.

Tickets for “Les Misérables” are $21-$35 with student/senior discounts available at some performances; group rates are available. Purchase tickets in person through the Flynn Center Regional Box Office in Burlington, by calling 802/86FLYNN, or online at www.flynncenter.org. Enjoy matinees at 1 p.m. on April 5, 6, 12, and 13, and evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on April 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. The Sunday, April 13, matinee will be audio-described for patrons who are blind or visually impaired. The show features mature themes.

For additional information, visit www.lyrictheatrevt.org, like Lyric Theatre Company on Facebook, and/or follow on Twitter using the hashtag #lesmisbtv.


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