The worldwide musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, will be coming to the Shenandoah Valley this spring. Featuring the well-known songs “I Dreamed a Dream” and “One Day More,” the show will bring the inspiring story of Jean Valjean to the community over the weekend of April 22-24.
Les Miserables is a musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s famous novel which tells the story of Jean Valjean, a 19th century French peasant who seeks redemption after serving nineteen years in jail. The show is the second-longest running musical in history, whose messages of love, mercy, and the salvific power of God’s grace have inspired audiences for nearly thirty years.
The enduring popularity and powerful messages of this show inspired Emma Hackett and Kieran O’Donnell, working through the leadership training incentive, the Education for a Lifetime Program (ELP Productions), and in alliance with Chelsea Academy, to obtain the royalties and enlist the aid of two key members for the production: production mentor and Emma’s mother, Meghan Hackett and administrative producer Ken Ferguson, who serves Christendom College as its executive vice president.
Hackett, a veteran theater producer and director, assisted in the auditioning process and will serve as a mentor to the co-directors. Ferguson, whose extensive background in film and television includes serving as the COO of National Geographic Television & Film and as a producer on The Passion of the Christ, also assisted in the auditioning process, and will continue to be a mentor and key voice in the production as it nears its April 22 opening night.
“Les Miserables is a beautiful story about hope in the midst of despair, redemption in the midst of suffering, and the salvific power of God’s love and His grace, which transforms even the most broken,” says Emma. “Both Kieran and I feel a very strong call to undertake the mission of bringing the messages of this production to our community, in the hope that we may experience the joy and love of the Lord which this production inspires.”