Except it won't even be on its stage, it will be on an even bigger stage.
"You know, we figured if we were going to celebrate, we were going to go big or go home," said
Between actors and support staff, about 100 people are involved with the show. Members of the
It's expected to draw an audience that exceeds the Playhouse's home capacity.
And as for the show's
"Budgets are made before you start productions," Seitz said.
"Les Miserables," based on the novel by
The story, set during the French Revolution, is billed as one of the most popular musicals in the world. According to
"It's the strength of the story and the strength of the performances required to do it well," Seitz said. "The music is extraordinarily challenging, you need a professional orchestra, the creative work behind it is mammoth and requires a great deal of investigating into what's really going on in these scenes."
Killough said she heard the performance had spots for equity actors and she liked the idea of performing someplace where her family could easily attend a show. A little trivia: She's the third generation to perform at the Playhouse, a line that includes grandparents
"This feels really great," Killough said. "When I left Duluth, there weren't opportunities in the arts. Coming back, there are so many opportunities."
Killough said some of her castmates would fare well in the auditions she works at as an assistant casting director.
"I look at people and say, 'You can do this, and you can do this.' "
The musical is directed by
She also has appeared in nine
"She cares a lot about the book and not just the way the musical is done," Killough said. "She's movement-oriented. This isn't a dance show, but knowing how your character moves is important."
Seitz said it was important to get a director "who not only enjoys the thorough, deep work that is involved, but can also master the imagery. This show requires painting a picture in details."
Jennifer Graumpann Campbell, a classical soloist who teaches voice lessons and directs the Lake Superior Youth Chorus, plays Cosette.
It's a role that she's been preparing for for much of her life.
"I've been singing along with ('In My Life') since I was 12 or 13," she said.
"From the get-go, from auditions, I knew that this was going to be a big deal for Duluth," she said.
If you go What:
Where: Symphony Hall,
Tickets: duluthplayhouse.org or at the DECC box office
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