W AILUKU - When the epic musical "Les Misrables" opens Aug. 16 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater with a cast of 75 performers and a full 26-piece orchestra, the West Side will be well-represented.
Seven West Maui residents are acting in the production (Ann Marie Wilder, Sara Mazes, Penny Wakida, Beth Garrow, Bunt Burkhalter, Deanna Pennington and Ivy Campbell), and two Lahaina residents play in the orchestra - Rona Landrigan (violin) and Jerry Eisenberg (clarinet).
Several other folks who work on the West Side are also performing in the show, including Kristi Scott, who works in Lahaina as a drama teacher and director for Theatre Theatre Maui's summer productions.
When the epic musical “Les Misérables” opens Friday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, West Maui will be well-represented in the cast by (from left): front — Ann Marie Wilder and Sara Mazes; back row — Penny Wakida, Kristi Scott, Beth Garrow, Bunt Burkhalter, Deanna Pennington and Ivy Campbell. The performers are pictured during a break at a rehearsal for Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ play. PHOTO BY JACK GRACE.
This grand tale of love and redemption has captivated audiences around the world for nearly three decades. Performed live for the first time ever on a Maui stage, "Les Misrables" is produced by Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) in partnership with Auriol Naquin Flavell, Maui Chamber Orchestra & Chorus, Maui Film Studios and Michael & Marji Tibbott.
Former Maui resident James Price, a tenor with extensive international experience in professional opera and musical theatre, plays the role of Jean Valjean.
The cast also features powerhouse Maui performers Jerry Eiting as Javert, Leighanna Locke as Fantine, Lia Krieg as Eponine, Dylan Bode as Marius, Jacqui Sherwood as Cosette, Kepa Cabanilla-Aricayos as Enjolras, and Kristi Scott and Dale Button as the Thenardiers.
The production is directed by David C. Johnston, with musical direction by Robert E. Wills, choreography by Andre Morissette, set design by Dan Hays, costume design by Kathleen Schulz and Kenneth Peter Lee, and lighting design by Mark Astrella.
"Les Misrables" was written and composed by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schnberg with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th century France, "Les Misrables" tells the story of the ex-convict Valjean and his search for redemption, meaning and love.
The magnificent, Tony Award-winning score features iconic songs such as "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," and "Bring Him Home."
"Les Misrables" opens Aug. 16 and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 25 in the MACC's Castle Theater.
On Sunday, Aug. 18, audience members are invited to stay for "AfterWords," a talk with members of the artistic team and cast, immediately following the matinee.
Selling for $15 to $65 (plus facility fees), tickets are available through the MACC Box Office, via www.mauiarts.org or by calling 242-SHOW.