posted on March 11, 2014 15:12
The University of Mobile Performing Arts Series will present two performances of the musical masterpiece “Les Miserables” on March 21 and 22.
A talented cast of students, faculty, alumni and members of the Mobile area community are featured in the classic, based on the novel by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo, with music by Boubilland Schoenberg.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. each night at the Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased at itickets.com or at the door. For more information, call the UMobile Center for Performing Arts at 251.442.2383.
Keone Fuqua, assistant professor of musical theatre and director of the UMobile production, said Les Miserables deals with themes of redemption, opposing views of what is right and righteousness, and the freedom of the human spirit.
“What makes our particular production of Les Miserables different from others is how we incorporate visual elements for the human spirit,” Fuqua said.
“Conceptually, we have developed dance elements to the story that complement the vocal presence that everyone loves so much about the music. Without giving too much away, not only will you see the performers who sing the major roles, you will also see dancers portraying their spirits at the same time,” Fuqua said.
The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Scott Wright, UMobile conductor in residence. Producer is Bruce Earnest, associate professor of musical theatre and assistant dean of the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and School of Worship Leadership.
“We are excited about this show and its message of determination and redemption,” Earnest said.
Cast members and their roles include: Jean Valjean played by Peter Lake, UMobile alumnus and guest artist; Fantine, Jenna Goodwin, UMobile alumna and assistant to the executive dean; Javier, Dr. Patrick Jacobs, associate professor of music; the Bishop of Digne, Dr. Doug Wilson, dean, School of Christian Ministries;
Eponine, Anna Sailors, UMobile student; Marius, Ben Folse, UMobile student; Cosette, Hannah Beth Neal, UMobile student.
The cast also includes several children: Gavroche is played by Sam Glisson of Fairhope, Ala.; Little Cosette is performed by Maggie Haupt of Mobile, and Little Eponine is played by Lydia Scoper of Mobile.
About the University of Mobile:
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.