Les Misérables opens to packed house

Published 11:17 am Monday, August 11, 2014

Les Misérables debuted this weekend to a packed house. The play will run three more times Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Les Misérables debuted this weekend to a packed house. The play will run three more times Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

An adaptation of one of the most popular 19th-century novels is drawing impressive reviews and big crowds in Vicksburg. Les Misérables, which opened Friday, will show again this weekend.

“Excellent! Everything was tremendous,” said Heidi Chausse following Sunday’s matinee performance of the iconic musical.

“It is great to think Vicksburg can do a show this well,” she said.

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The Vicksburg Theatre Guild held three performances of the show this past weekend beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday and will repeat the same schedule this weekend.

Ticket sales were brisk said Amy Melton, of the VTG and lines began forming on Saturday night an hour before the show was to begin.

Stacey Teller said, “It was a fabulous show, and I am so proud of this local talent, and the young children, I couldn’t believe what they can do.”

“Les Misérables” is based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name which is a story set in 19th century France.

During the musical, patrons get a glimpse of a period in history when France was caught in a class struggle between wealthy nobility and a growing middle class.

The talented cast helps set the mood of the time period, director Paul Ballard said.

Patrons were able to view scenes with lifelike sets that were created and maneuvered by the stagehand. Costumes were period-appropriate, lighting for the show not set the tone, and special effects were used to create a free-fall by one of the characters in one of hte play’s most prominent scenes.

“The lighting and the sound was amazing,” said Corin Morrison who was at the Sunday showing.

Les Misérables might be described as a somber show with its layers of grief and tragedy, but one could also claim that it is a story of forgiveness and hope.

The Rev. Mitch Cochran plays the lead of Jean Valjean and said in some ways his character leads much the same lifestyle that he does.

“He (Valjean) is sort of like a pastor,” he said.  He acts as care giver to many people.”

Other lead roles in the musical include Ryan Kelly who plays Javert, the antagonist in the story. Jamie Ferguson stars as Fantine; Clarissa Walker as Cossette; Brelynn Beck; as the young Cossette; Sonia Arredondo as Éponine; Sarah Randolph as the young Éponine; Jacob Llyod as Maius; Alex Hill as Enjolras; and Wesley Cowan who plays the feisty little urchin boy, Gavroche.

Jim Miller and Linda Hadala play Master and Mademoiselle Thenardier who are innkeepers that cheat their customers.

Stephen Wagner, who attended the performance Saturday, said he was impressed with the show.

“They are funny, and comedy relief is always great,” he said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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