The convict who breaks his parole in the quest for redemption and a new life; the self-sacrificing mother who devotes her life to ensuring the welfare of her daughter; the harsh police inspector whose relentless pursuit of “justice” consumes him — all are part of the epic story of “Les Misérables,” perhaps the world’s most famous musical. A full-scale production of “Les Miserables” will appear for an unprecedented seven night run, July 17 to 20 and July 25 to 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.
Featuring a cast of talented regional actors, Michael Dye, choral director at Niceville High School, will appear in the lead role of Jean Valjean, the former prisoner whose life on the run is central to the college’s production. NWFSC theater professor Clint Mahle of DeFuniak Springs will portray inspector Javert in the pop opera which features a massive custom-made set and more than 40 cast and crew.
The college’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's musical “Les Misérables” is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and was an original London Production by Cameron Mackintosh and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Mis is told almost entirely through song — just as it appeared in the smash hit on Broadway and in a recent major motion picture. It will be the final production directed by Dr. Cliff Herron, long-time dean of the college's renowned arts programs, who will retire in August.
Tickets are on sale now for $25 for adults and $20 for youth ages 18 and younger and may be purchased in-person, by phone or web from the box office at (850) 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. Current NWFSC students may receive one free ticket per student ID, space permitting, in-person from the box office by showing a valid student ID. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee.