Les Miserables, one of the world's most beloved and longest running musicals, takes center stage on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, at 7 p.m., at the Cyrus Irish Auditorium at Lowell High School in a production from ACTORS inc.
The soaring musical, based on Victor Hugo's epic novel, sweeps the audience through a tale of love, loss, passion and destruction in 19th-century France.
"This production is going to have the 'wow' factor that everyone expects with a name as powerful as Les Miserables," said director Corinne Hickey. "The rich sound and fantastic lighting, mixed with a talented 55 member cast performing to music played by the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra promises to make for a truly spectacular production."
Regional auditions were held last December, with many individuals trying out to become part of this Les Miserables family.
"The cast is honored to be working on this project and happy that it can help do so much good for local community organizations," said Hickey.
As with past ACTORS inc. productions, proceeds will benefit several local non-profit groups, including Destination Imagination Regions 4 and 5, Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, Girls Inc. of New Hampshire and the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, N.H.
"We are a group of individuals who love and respect the arts and we are excited to bring quality entertainment to the heart of Lowell for a fraction of what it would cost in Boston. We appreciate the help of local businesses, who had supported this production and helped us to keep ticket prices low," said Hickey.
Tickets are $30-$40 at actorsincorporated.com or call 978-984-3151.
On the marquee
- 'ANGELS' IN CONCORD: The Umbrella Community Arts Center presents Angels in America: Millennium Approaches - Part I, Tony Kushner's epic play on the AIDS epidemic, Friday, April 18, through Sunday, May 4, at the Umbrella Main Stage, 40 Stow St., Concord. The play won both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is directed by Nancy Curran Willis, who co-directed the 2008 Boston Theatre Works production, for which she received an Elliot Norton Award. Tickets are $25, adult/$20, senior/$15, student. 978-371-0820 or emersonumbrella.org
- A PIECE OF HISTORY: Stoneham Theatre presents the world premiere of The Unbleached American on its 5 Main St., Stoneham, stage through April 27. Michael Aman's play uncovers a piece of American history unknown to many as it weaves the story of Ernest Hogan, the "father of ragtime" and the first African American to perform on Broadway. Beloved by fans and wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, Hogan was also an infamous writer of so-called "coon songs" that were considered offensive to his race. This play imagines the relationship between Hogan and the woman sent to care for him at the end of his life, as he struggles with his mortality and the legacy he leaves behind. Elliot Norton Award-winning actor Johnny Lee Davenport and Laura Latreille star. Visit stonehamtheatre.org for details.
- THEATRE CAMP: Peacock Players offers April Vacation Week theatre camps for students, ages 5-16, during the Massachusetts week, April 21-25, and the New Hampshire week, April 28-May 2. Camp runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both weeks and gives kids a taste of performing without auditions. $175 per session. Contact email@example.com or visit the website at peacockplayers.org for info.
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