“Les Miserables” Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, March 19, 2008

With Friday's opening only 24 hours away, the last rehearsal calls for everyone's utmost concentration.
With Friday’s opening only 24 hours away, the last rehearsal calls for everyone’s utmost concentration.
Although there are still hundreds of last minute touch ups to set, lights, costumes, props, make-up and special effects, the production is 95% of what it will be tomorrow night.
Although there are still hundreds of last minute touch ups to set, lights, costumes, props, make-up and special effects, the production is 95% of what it will be tomorrow night.
The addition of the audience will be the final ingredient.
The addition of the audience will be the final ingredient.  Soon all the hard work of these past weeks will be rewarded with a well-earned round of applause.
Soon all the hard work of these past weeks will be rewarded with a well-earned round of applause.
Charlie (left) delivers a strong performance as “Javert”.
Felix Tomlinson creates an amazing "Valjean", and what is even more remarkable is that he is only a freshman.
Felix creates an amazing “Valjean”, and what is even more remarkable is that he is only a freshman.

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Kendra Eull's portrayal of "Fantine" is both strong and heart-rending.
Kendra’s portrayal of “Fantine” is both strong and heart-rending.

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The parts of the younger and older "Cosette" are played by two sisters, which makes for a highly believable transition in time from the Inn at Montfermuil, to the streets of Paris, ten years later.
The parts of the younger and older “Cosette” are played by two sisters, which makes for a highly believable transition in time from the Inn at Montfermeil, to the streets of Paris, ten years later.
Asha Long handles the role of "Mme Thenardier" with a good sense of both its comic and sinister sides.
Asha handles the role of “Mme Thenardier” with a good sense of both its comic and sinister sides.

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The bar unit for this scene was one of the traller set pieces in the show, but it was designed to be very open visually, and it was moved once during the scene to a different location.
The bar unit for this scene was one of the taller set pieces in the show, but it was designed to be very open visually, and it was moved once during the scene to a different location.
Director, Anna Carol, also made good use of furniture pieces to elevate actors, while others crouched or sat on the periphery.
Director, Anna Carol, also made good use of furniture pieces to elevate actors, while others crouched or sat on the periphery.

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Madeleine Marrin's strong voice and tenacious personality fit the role of "Eponine" perfectly.
Madeleine’s strong voice and tenacious personality fit the role of “Eponine” perfectly.
As the older "Cosette", Julissa Betting-Fuentes was a refreshing spark of innocence and young love.
As the older “Cosette”, Julissa was a refreshing spark of innocence and young love.

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Evan Murnane captured all of "Thenardier's" sleazy, petty criminal traits.
Evan captured all of “Thenardier’s” sleazy, petty criminal traits.
"Eponone" hides from "Javert".
“Eponone” hides from “Javert”.
Despite her unrequited love for "Marius", "Eponine" is willing to find out where "Cosette" lives when "Marius" is struck with love at first sight.
Despite her unrequited love for “Marius”, “Eponine” is willing to find out where “Cosette” lives when “Marius” is struck with love at first sight.
The "ABC Cafe" is a popular gathering spot for young idealistic students.
The “ABC Cafe” is a popular gathering spot for young idealistic students.
It's almost too bad we didn't seat anyone in the tiny balcony.  The view from up here is spectacular.
It’s almost too bad we didn’t seat anyone in the tiny balcony. The view from up here is spectacular.
"Valjean" regrets the lonely life he feels he has given to "Cosette" because of his criminal past.
“Valjean” regrets the lonely life he feels he has given to “Cosette” because of his criminal past.
"Marius", played by Michael Rayford with suave sophistication, arrives at "Cosette's" garden.
“Marius”, played by Michael with suave sophistication, arrives at “Cosette’s” garden.
"Thenardier" and his gang are not far behind.
“Thenardier” and his gang are not far behind.
"Valjean" must decide to stay in Paris and face arrest, or flee and protect "Cosette".
“Valjean” must decide to stay in Paris and face arrest, or flee and protect “Cosette”.
"Cosette" packs for their journey.
“Cosette” packs for their journey.
The street boy, "Gavroche", is played by David Safris-Fuentes, with earnestness and a great unchanged voice.
The street boy, “Gavroche”, is played by David, with earnestness and a great unchanged voice.
"Cosette" risks her life to get to the students at the barricades, and is fatally wounded.
“Eponine” risks her life to get to the students at the barricades, and is fatally wounded.
The women at the barricade load rifles, prepare bandages and care for the wounded.
The women at the barricade load rifles, prepare bandages and care for the wounded.
"Eponine" dies in "Marius'" arms.
“Eponine” dies in “Marius'” arms.

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The students await the next attack.
The students await the next attack.
"Valjean arrives at the barricade, but the students do not trust him because he wears a government uniform.
“Valjean arrives at the barricade, but the students do not trust him because he wears a government uniform.

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After proving his loyalty in one of the attacks, "Valjean" is allowed to determine the fate of "Javert".
After proving his loyalty in one of the attacks, “Valjean” is allowed to determine the fate of “Javert”.

"Grantaire" stands guard.
“Grantaire” stands guard.

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More bandages for the wounded.
More bandages for the wounded.

A quiet moment.
A quiet moment.

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"Valjean" prays that "Marius" will return home safely.
“Valjean” prays that “Marius” will return home safely.

Rather than exacting revenge, "Valjean" released "Javert" at the barricade.  When the battle has finished, "Javert" pursues "Valjean" again.
Rather than exacting revenge, “Valjean” released “Javert” at the barricade. When the battle has finished, “Javert” pursues “Valjean” again.

"Javert" finds "Valjean" who is carrying home the wounded "Marius".  When he can't bring himself to arrest him, he feels he has compromised his principles, and runs off to commit suicide.
“Javert” finds “Valjean” who is carrying home the wounded “Marius”. When he can’t bring himself to arrest him, he feels he has compromised his principles, and runs off to commit suicide.
With the turning of the seasons, "Marius" recovers from his wounds.
With the turning of the seasons, “Marius” recovers from his wounds.

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"Marius" returns to the cafe where they had talked of revolution, but finds only empty chairs, empty tables, and the ghosts of his fallen comrades.
“Marius” returns to the cafe where they had talked of revolution, but finds only empty chairs, empty tables, and the ghosts of his fallen comrades.

"Thenardier" and his wife crash the wedding of "Marius" and "Cosette" with an interesting tale.
“Thenardier” and his wife crash the wedding of “Marius” and “Cosette” with an interesting tale.

"Valjean" sits down to write his last confession.
“Valjean” sits down to write his last confession.
The spirit of "Fantine" appears to the dying "Valjean".
The spirit of “Fantine” appears to the dying “Valjean”.
"Cosette" begs her father not to leave.
“Cosette” begs her father not to leave.
The spirit of "Eponine" joins "Valjean" and "Fantine".
The spirit of “Eponine” joins “Valjean” and “Fantine”.
Following the rehearsal, Anna delivers one last set of notes to the cast.
Following the rehearsal, Anna delivers one last set of notes to the cast.
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