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Marionettes premieres Les Misérables
The Marionettes Chorale has had a hectic rehearsal schedule as it gets ready to stage the Caribbean premiere of Les Misérables.
Based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel and adapted by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the production debuts at Queen’s Hall on Sunday and runs from July 17 to 20.
At concerts in former years, the award-winning choir has presented excerpts of Les Misérables, well-known for its enduring message of love and the resilience of the
This year, in continued celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Marionettes has opted to stage a full, Broadway-style production, a release from the group said.
Set in 19th-century France, Les Mis tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean who is pursued for several years by the unrelenting police inspector, Javert. The drama heightens through numerous struggles and interactions with other characters, culminating in Valjean’s eventual experience of redemption.
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), the production features a lead and supporting cast and chorus comprising some of T&T’s most talented singers and musicians.
Among the principals of the cast set to interpret the intricate nuances of the Boublil and Schönberg score are: Marlon De Bique and Nigel Floyd (Valjean); Marvin Smith (Javert); Raguel Gabriel (Marius); David Stephens (Thénardier); Danielle Williams (Cosette); Errol James (Enjolras); Aurora Tardieu (Eponine), Candice Alcantara (Fantine) and Caroline Taylor (Mme Thénardier). Interestingly, Taylor also doubles as dramatic director of Les Mis.
With an experienced production team led by artistic director and conductor, Gretta Taylor, ably assisted by Roger Henry, the Marionettes Chorale warmly invites members of the public to Les Misérables.
Les Misérables will be performed at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s on July 13 and July 17–20.
Tickets are $200 (open) and $250 (reserved), with special discounts available for the performance on Thursday 17.
For reservations and more information, e-mail: [email protected] or call 790-1751. Contact Queen’s Hall Box Office (624-1284, open Monday–Friday, noon–6 pm)
Sunday 13, 6 pm
Thursday 17, 7.30 pm (special discounts available)
Friday 18, 7.30 pm
Saturday 19, 7.30 pm
Sunday 20, 5 pm