By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA — Musical fanatics and theatergoers are sure in for a treat at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa for the rest of the weekend.
The Ottumwa Community Players have started its 60th season off with a bang by performing one of the most-awarded musicals of all time, Les Misérables.
The show is based on the novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, and is currently ranked as the longest-running musical of all time. It is a sung-through musical, which means the dialogue between characters is sung, not spoken, and should bring out the best in the Ottumwa Community Players and make for a terrific show.
Featured in the cast of more than 70 individuals is Kitt Linville as Jean Valjean, Phyllis Boyer as Madame Thénardier, Chase Kelly as Enjolras, Niccole Giberson as Cosette, Stephanie Maggio as Fantine, Tyler Breeding as Marius, Jossy Simmons as Eponine, Bill Hornback as Javert and Jim Clingman as Thénardier.
The production is co-directed by Jeff Leonard and Jennifer Boyenga, and the creative team includes Michael Philipsen (musical director), Bob Swanson (scenic designer), Ronelle Willadsen (costume designer), Hans Pregler (lighting designer) and Bill Bowman (special effects supervisor).
Remaining show times are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or at the Bridge View Center Box Office by calling 641-684-7000. Prices are set at $25, $20 and $15, and are all reserved seating. Prices are based on seating location.
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