Setting the Stage for Les Misérables

By Christine Souders |

Published 03/28 2014 07:12PM

Updated 03/28 2014 09:21PM

BURLINGTON, VT- One of the most popular musicals of all time, Les Misérables is coming to the Flynn mainstage this April.

FOX44 ABC22 is giving you a sneak peek of what it takes to put on this elaborate production.

It's the Lyric Theater Company's 40th Anniversary, and to celebrate it, a cast of 50 will be singing and acting in the musical set in the early 1800's in Paris, France.

"Pivot, rotate, change around, re-dress, and show up in differenet scenes, as different pieces," said Stephen Kendal, production supervisor.

Staging crews are piecing together the sets and props now on the Flynn mainstage.

The Lyric Theater Company is one of the first community theatres in the country to be given the rights to
Les Misérables.

"He gave me hope, when hope was gone. He gave me strength to journey on, " sung by Ian Ferris who said its taken him two years to study the part of Jon Valjean.

And said he counts on the more than 250 people working behind the scenes to make the production come to life.

"It's really going to be amazing to look at. From the projections, to the costumes, the music, the vocals."

The volunteer organization said those are the reasons why they are fundraising for more space.

"We are the process of a $1.4 million capital campaign to raise money to purchase a building that will allow us to rehearse in it, as well as build our sets," said Kendall.

The company said it's worth it, especially when people in the Queen City can experience a musical like
Les Misérables.

"People will be crying, they will be laughing. It pulls at every emotion.  It's a beautiful story, and the music is so well written to match the story."

The Company said they've raised just over half of its capital campaign goal of $1.4 million dollars, and hope to reach it by this June.

Les Mis starts next Friday. April 4-13.

For more information on showtimes and tickets click here.

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