MEREDITH — After two days of auditions in early January the cast and crew of The Streetcar Company have begun preparing for their spring musical production of Boublil and Schönberg's Les Miserables, to be presented April 25, 26 and 27 at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium in Meredith.
The company will be working over the next couple of months with director J Alward, musical director Karen Jordan and producer Erin
Fitzmaurice to bring this huge undertaking to the audiences of the Lakes Region.
According to Alward over 60people auditioned for the award winning musical, many of them new to the company and several who have never done a play or musical before but who love Les Miz and wanted to "give it a shot".
"I am thrilled with the musical strength of this cast and their dedication to the process", said Alward. As well as musical rehearsals, character
development has been a major part of that process. Les Miz is a different kind of musical from those she has directed in the past (Oliver, My Fair Lady and The Music Man to name a few), where the characters are obvious and easy to understand. She noted,
"This is more like directing a drama, it just happens to be sung. I want the people to be believable and not caricatures. I want the audience to get a little more insight into them than they usually do when they see a version of this show."
Alward and her family have seen the production at least 8 times over the years from community and semi-professional presentations done around New England to full scale productions in Boston, New York and London. Each viewing added to the desire to 'bring it home' to the local stage with local actors. Taking on the demanding roles of Jean Valjean and his nemesis Inspector Javert will be Scott Alward and Rodney Martell,
Streetcar and local community theater veterans. Close to a dozen young girls auditioned for the role of little Cosette before Abigail Bryant was chosen to portray the child. The well being of this pivotal character drives a large portion of the story. Rachel Dadian will play the older Cosette. Other notable roles and the actors who fill them include Kelli Powers as Fantine, Bo Guyer as Thenardier, Lynn Dadian as Madame Thenardier, Trevor Lewis as Marius, Spencer Costigan as Enjolras, Kayla Zarella as Eponine and Isabella Cottrell as young Eponine.
Supporting players include: Chris Fernandez, Aaron Witham, David Bownes, Braeden Alward, Jack Harding, Cory Chapman, Tyler Winsor, Evan Lazdowski, Ryan Witham, Riley Alward, Andrew Fielders, Patte Sarausky, Lena Luongo, Janelle Labarre, Kathy Blake, Hillary Ayers, Raelyn Cottrell, Alexa Dembiec, Abby Jutton, Willow Farley, Cordelia Penney, Alison Witham, Erin Fitzmaurice, Saphaedra Renee, Keri McCollum and Cecilia Zarella.