ELKHART — “Les Miserables,” a classic story of pain and redemption, is coming to the stage at the Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart.
Using 19th century France as a backdrop, the musical follows Jean Valjean, who is released from prison as he struggles to make a new life for himself and dodges Inspector Javert, who refuses to believe the ex-convict can change his ways.
“It’s definitely an epic undertaking,” Premier Arts artistic director Craig Gibson said.
“Les Miserables” premieres at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, with another show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and a matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4.
“I think the story is very powerful and one of redemption,” Gibson said. “We like that, especially around here. The story draws people in and keeps their attention. Because we’re able to produce this on such a grand scale with our home at The Lerner, the production value, the costumes, the set, the music — all of that will create a really special evening for people.”
More than 200 people auditioned for the production, and about 80 people, including veteran actors and new faces, made the cut.
“The interest was there from the beginning,” Gibson said. “I think we have the best of the best for this show that’s out there locally.”
Tickets are $12 for children, $15 for students and seniors, and $18 for adults. Tickets are on sale at thelerner.com, by phone at 293-4469 and at the theater’s box office, 410 S. Main St.
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