Curtain going up on Streetcar Co.'s Les Miserables

MEREDITH — After close to three and a half months of rehearsals, the curtain will go up this weekend for The Streetcar Company's presentation of the musical "Les Miserables." The award winning musical will be performed at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, the 27th, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at Greenlaw’s Music in Downtown Laconia, Innisfree Bookstore at the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith, at the door or online at the company website Tickets are priced at $15, and $12 for seniors.

Between its release a few short years ago and now, numerous area community and semi-professional companies have already preformed Les Miz. This huge undertaking for the Streetcar Company has been years in the making. While many members of the group have seen productions of "Les Miz" since it first appeared on Broadway in 1986, awaiting release of the show to community theaters and securing the rights was a long process. Coordinating venue availability, checking the schedules of the directors, accompanist, production and stage personnel all took time.

But finally The Streetcar Company will bring Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, Fantine, Cosette, Marius, Eponine, Enjolaras and the Thenadrdiers along with the dozens of students, "lovely ladies," peasants and convicts that fill out the ensemble to life as they tread the boards and present the much beloved musical to Lakes Region audiences.

These characters portrayed by close to 40 of your friends, co-workers, relatives or neighbors have a support staff of technical personal who have worked just as hard as the cast to produce this show, and Streetcar is sure that audience members will know someone working on stage or behind the scenes.

Taking on the daunting directorial task for "Les Miz," J. Alward has been a show fan since she first saw the musical in New York a number of years ago. She and her family have since seen the production numerous times. Adapting her own ideas and concepts of the show, Alward along with musical director Karen Jordan and accompanist Phil Breton have worked hard to bring out the best in each actor.

Meanwhile, producer Erin Fitzmaurice and assistant producer Raylyn Cotrell, oversee the production staff that includes stage manager Erin Zarella, costumer Becky Guyer, set construction head Aaron Witham, lighting coordinator Lindsey Sullivan and props head Peter Ayer, to name just a few.

The Streetcar Company is a not-for-profit company and all proceed go toward production costs, company sustainability and future shows. The Lakes Region Scholarship foundation has also been a benefactor of production proceeds. The longest running community theater group in the Lakes Region, Streetcar is now joined by a number of theater groups performing in and around the area. As they do, Streetcar is very appreciative of the public's support of live community theater.