In one of the first college productions of the classic musical, Cathy Thomas-Grant will direct the student and community cast of over 30 in Boublil and Schönberg's Les Misérables at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday, Nov. 14, to Saturday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 21, to Saturday, Nov. 23, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Pepperdine artist in residence and alumnus Eric Downs will appear in the role of Javert. Tony Cason will conduct the Pepperdine University Orchestra, while professor of music Melanie Emelio will serve as vocal director.
Set in 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, who is released after 19 years of unjust imprisonment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, but finds himself faced with mistrust and mistreatment in his struggle for redemption.
"The student revolutionaries in Les Misérables are fighting for the rights of those who live on the fringe of society," said Thomas-Grant. "Physical and spiritual hunger and thirst are at the heart of this story. Valjean is a man who seeks to heal his bitterness and find peace by becoming a fountain of compassion. One hundred and fifty years later, Victor Hugo's story is still relevant the world over."
Epic, grand, and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop with its powerful affirmation of the human spirit and has thrilled audiences worldwide.
Tickets, priced at $20 for the public, $10 for Pepperdine students, and $16 for Pepperdine faculty and staff, are available by calling the Pepperdine Center for the Arts box office at (310) 506-4522. To purchase tickets online, visit the Center for the Arts website.