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Auditions Set for “Les Misérables” at Mississippi College June 1

May 7, 2013

“Les Misérables,” the French historical novel by Victor Hugo in 1862, will come to life in a musical production on stage at Mississippi College this fall.

Mississippi College students, children in metro Jackson and others in the community seeking roles in the Department of Music production are invited to auditions at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall on Saturday June 1. Auditions on the Clinton campus in the Aven Fine Arts Building will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Music professor Carol Joy Sparkman, the production’s musical director, says those taking part in the auditions will be notified two weeks later if they are selected. There will be a large ensemble featured in the October production.

One of the greatest novels in the 19th Century, “Les Misérables” is the world’s largest-running musical that’s received 100 international awards. Over the years, it been seen by 65 million people in 42 countries.

A box office blockbuster in 2012, “Les Misérables” was a successful movie starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. The film was the winner of three Golden Globe Awards and received eight Academy Award nominations.

Production dates at Mississippi College will be October 11-13 and October 18-21.

Adults coming to the audition should prepare a vocal selection of 32 measures and bring sheet music. Sheet music is available to download at musicnotes.com. An accompanist will be provided. Performers should prepare a monologue of 30 seconds.

In addition, there will be three roles for children. Youngsters trying out for the character Cosette should prepare the song “Castle on a Cloud” and a 30-second monologue. Children seeking the role of Gavroche should rehearse the song “Little People” and work on a 30-second monologue.

Rehearsals will begin August 23, and take place primarily during evening hours and weekends.

A minimum script fee of $25 will be charged for those accepting roles in the production. There will also be a $25 fee for the production’s cast party along with a T-shirt.

Better known today as Les Mis or Les Miz, the Mississippi College Department of Music production should be a big hit this fall. Chris Roebuck of the New Stage Theatre in Jackson will serve as the director.

For more information or to reserve an audition time, contact Carol Joy Sparkman at sparkman@mc.edu or call 601.925.3449.

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