Les Miserables to be performed by Local Community Group
New North County Theatre Company Debuts with Stage Classic
Julie Burlington as Adult Cosette. Contributed image
September 24, 2013The 413 Project invites you to join the revolution and come see the popular Broadway musical (and recent blockbuster movie) Les Miserables. The show opens at the Bailey Bees Theatre, 3575 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, (Community Lutheran Church) on Friday Oct. 4 and runs every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m until Oct. 13.
Arguably one of the most famous and loved musicals of all time, "Les Mis" follows the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean's struggle from hopeless condemnation and despair and spiritual redemption during the turbulent student uprisings of 1830s France. The show will feature Blue Ribbon Award Winner for Best Lead Actor David Guthrie (Jean Valjean) and Valley Center actress and voice teacher Jodi Rae Villareal (Fantine). The cast is rounded out with a number of Valley Centerites, including, Julie Burlington as Adult Cosette, Rae Rae Villareal, as Gavroche, Tirzah Villareal/Ava Marek, as Little Cosette, Kathy Yarush, Madame Thenardier, and Rachel Koughnett/Katie Burlington as Eponine.
"I love Victor Hugo. I've read all of his works and I saw Les Mis for the first time in high school and it blew me away. With it becoming available to community groups in June of this year, I know I had to bring to the local community stage," said Burlington. Katie will be able to bring her youth, ideas and extensive stage experience to the helm as director, but she is thankful for the support and wisdom of her assistant director, Dean Ngaard. "Dean is a great person to work with because he is firm and has a wonderful vision for the show. And that goes for the rest of the cast as well — we all share the same passion — we all love theatre, and we all love bringing the messages of love and hope that is Les Mis," said Burlington.
North County's newest theater group, The 413 Project is centered in Valley Center/Escondido. Katie Burlington began the theatre group as a UCSD thesis project for her theatre major. In this rendition of the acclaimed musical, Burlington has striven to maintain historical accuracy, yet add her own flair. "Having a big group of people around me with talent and a passion for the story and the layered characters really makes this cast special. We want this to be as historically accurate as possible."
As part of this message of hope, all proceeds from the show will go to Selah, a Christian charity-based organization, and other charities around San Diego. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $13 for students and seniors, and can be obtained online at the413project.org or at the door. Tickets are already selling out fast and seating is limited.