Ashe Little Theater presents ‘Les Miserables’

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jun. 19 | Modified: Jul. 1
Ashe Little Theater presents ‘Les Miserables’

Barry Aldridge, center, rehearses the role of Jean Valjean for Ashe County Little Theater’s upcoming production of ‘Les Miserables,’ opening June 26 at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson.

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Broadway comes to West Jefferson this summer, with the Ashe County Little Theater’s production of “Les Miserables.”

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 26 to 28 and June 30 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. All performances will be held at the Ashe County Civic Center (962 Mt. Jefferson Road, West Jefferson), which just received a renovation of its sound system.

Tickets for reserved seating are available at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson or can be ordered by calling (336) 846-2787. A seating chart of the civic center can be seen online at http://www.ashecivic.com.

The musical is a depiction of a French historical novel, written by Victor Hugo in 1862. The story precedes the events of the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris and follows the lives and interactions of several characters, while focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean.

The show features actors from local high schools and universities. Michael Yelton directs “Les Miserables,” which is the longest running show on Broadway.

A number of veteran actors will also make appearances.

A total of 40 actors comprise the cast, not including stage crew and an orchestra.

Rehearsals for this week’s show will continue Thursday and Sunday in a lead-up to tech week.

“We have an energetic cast, and they are doing an amazing job with this complex musical,” producer Kimberly Isler said. “They are doing an amazing job with this complex musical.”

The theater’s production of the play and Yelton’s involvement have been a long time coming.

“He’s wanted to direct this play for a long time, and when the rights became available for community theaters, he grabbed the opportunity,” Isler said.

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