EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWS"Les Miserables" Opens Friday
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 30, 2013 9:11 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The most ambitious production in the storied history of the Charleston Light Opera Guild opens Friday night.
"Les Miserables" is a legendary production, and is the second longest-running musical in the world.
A cast of 57 was eventually selected to tell the story of a man named Jean Valjean who spends 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread.
His journey and transformation from sinner to saint drives the story, which includes romance, humor and revolution.
The plot spans decades and winds up at the June rebellion, a short-lived battle between the French government and those who wanted to change the country's culture of greed and corruption.
“I just put on the Valjean revolutionary jacket, and if you have any idea how long I've wanted to wear that thing…I'm just euphoric,” Ryan Hardiman, who plays Jean Valjean, said. “This is the most high quality, the most professional production I think that I've ever been involved in. I just feel blessed."
"Les Miserables" opens Friday at the Clay Center and continues for two weekends.
All reserved seat tickets are $25 and are available at the Clay Center box office or online at www.theclaycenter.org.
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