JAMESTOWN - Early auditions for Jamestown Community College's production of "Les Miserables" will be held May 29 and 30.
The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus, are open to students and community members.
Those auditioning must prepare a song that will demonstrate vocal range and acting ability. The song does not need to be from the show, but it should be memorized and show emotion and finesse.
The best singers will be invited back for final auditions in August to vie for the lead roles.
A large chorus and technical crew are also needed for the production.
Set in early 19th century France, Les Miserables is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child.
Valjean decides to break his parole after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly pursued by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France.
In its original 1987 Broadway production, "Les Miserables" ran for 6,680 performances and won eight Tony awards, including Best Musical. The production, considered a modern day opera, features the songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "Who Am I?" "Castle on a Cloud," "Master of the House," "Red and Black," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "In My Life," "On My Own," "A Little Fall of Rain," "Drink With Me," "Bring Him Home" and "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables."
For more information about the audition process or technical needs, contact either director Bob Schlick, 338-1153, or technical director Steven Gustafson, 338-1166.
Rehearsals begin in September and performances will be held Nov. 7-9, 14-16, and 21-22.