Previously reserved for high school and middle school performances only, Cowley College recently was granted special rights to perform the musical Les Misérables Oct. 19-22 in the Robert Brown Theatre. A dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 19-21 in the Wright Community Room inside the Brown Center, with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. The performance on Oct. 22 will take place at 2 p.m.
Scott MacLaughlin, Cowley College director of theatre and theatrical services, is looking forward to the show. “We are really excited about being one of the first colleges to be given the rights to do it,” MacLaughlin said. “The power of the music and the story is incredible. This will be the most ambitious thing we have ever undertaken.” Tickets, which go on sale Sept. 25, may be purchased from the Cowley Box Office for $8 (show only) or $18 (dinner and show). The cost for the show is $4 for students. The Cowley Box Office will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is (620) 441-5570.
The show will be performed by Cowley students and will be conducted by Cowley College director of vocal music Connie Donatelli. “The music will be highly integral to the success of the show,” MacLaughlin said. “This will really showcase the talent of the Cowley singers and our students.” Jamison Rhoads, technical director of theatre, and his crew will handle the set design, while Jennifer Blatchford and Lana Sleeper are handling the choreography.
Les Misérables is based on Jean Valjean, who is paroled from prison after serving 19 years on a chain gang for stealing food. A Bishop, whose silverware he steals on his departure, takes him in for the night. When he is caught with the silverware, the bishop not only does not press charges, he also gives Valjean his silver candlesticks. Valjean then reforms himself and becomes the mayor and head businessman in a small town. But when former prison guard Javert is transferred to become police captain and recognizes Valjean, his past life comes back to haunt him. Meanwhile, Fantine, one of Valjean’s employees, has had a baby (Cosette) out of wedlock and is dismissed from her job while Valjean is away; when he finds this out (far too late), he takes responsibility for them.