"Some kids come back; 95 percent are new to us. We try not to call all the same people for our major rolls. The principles this year are new to us. They are really talented," said Charles.
Work on the production began immediately after casting in late October. Since then, the 30 students have been rehearsing three times a week, Charles said. Some of the cast has been driving from as far as an hour away.
This is the sixth year CR Productions has been at Cohoes Music Hall and has offered its C-R Kids after-school program. The staff puts on two productions during the year, once in the spring, for elementary and middles school aged children, and once in the winter for high school students.
C-R Kids offers unique opportunities and enriching experiences. Participants
learn a variety of new skills and are rewarded by their accomplishments and are also given the opportunity to work with regional and visiting artists and theater professionals.
Featured in this season's cast are: Shenendehowa seniors William Boyajian as Jean Valjean, Kelsey Poore as Fantine, Stephanie Gray as Mme. Thenardier, and Cara O'Brien as Eponine. Other schools represented: Colonie High School junior Bill Hennings as Inspector Javert, Columbia High School senior Taylor Collins as Enjolras, Academy of the Holy Names junior Brittany Boivin as Cossette, Shaker High School sophomore Charles Franklin as Marius, and St. Pius X's seventh grader Christopher Flaim as Gavroche.
Les Miserables will open Friday, Jan. 4, and run until Sunday, Jan. 13.
Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
For tickets or information call 237-5858.""