EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMassive "Les Mis" Set Transforming Clay Center Stage
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Reported: Oct. 25, 2013 5:55 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 25, 2013 11:19 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The Charleston Light Opera Guild's most ambitious and expensive production ever takes the stage next week at the Clay Center.
But preparations for the show are already well under way.
Two 53-foot semi trailers packed to the brim pull into the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences loading dock.
Workers quickly start moving the contents inside. The trailers contain the set and costumes for the Charleston Light Opera Guild's production of "Les Miserables."
:To be able to do "Les Mis" was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us," Tom Pasinetti, the technical director for both the Clay Center and CLOG said. "To be able to get the rights to be able to do it. We got a wonderful set coming from Wichita, Kansas, the Musical Theatre of Wichita and once it's up and put together it's going to be pretty impressive."
The three-sided, professonal-grade set will transform the Clay Center stage into early 19th century France, where the story of Jean Valjean, Javert, Fantine and the musical's other iconic characters unfolds.
The light opera guild is the first West Virginia community theater to perform the full Broadway version of "Les Mis," which is the second longest-running musical in the world and whose movie version captured three Academy awards earlier this year.
It's a rare opportunity for Charleston audiences to see the classic show.
"A musical of this magnitude and the sets and costumes and props," Pasinetti said. "And we have some wonderful performers. Unbelievable voices. Yeah, it's a pretty cheap ticket to be honest."
Pasinetti's crew will spend a couple of days assembling the set before the cast begins its rehearsals on Sunday. There's a lot of work to do before the actors take the stage.
"It's a challenge needless to say.," Pasinetti said. "But we got a gentleman coming in on Saturday, actually flying in on Friday night. And he's the TD from Wichita and he knows this set so it should go up pretty easily."
The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center
As a special treat, former CLOG performer, Charleston native and movie star Jennifer Garner wants to buy you dinner and four tickets to see "Les Miserables."
Keep checking our website at www.wchstv.com, Facebook page and Twitter feed for details on how you can win dinner for four at Charleston's elegant restaurant, The Chop House and four tickets to "Les Mis," all courtesy of Jennifer Garner.
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