‘Les Miserables’ prepares to take the stage

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An all-time famous Broadway and Hollywood musical is making its way to the Port City. Opera House Theatre Company will perform “Les Miserables” at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington for the next three weekends.

After weeks of rehearsal, the cast of “Les Miserables” is almost ready for its first of many performances. One performer says it’s the first time the play will be performed in Wilmington. He says he thinks it’s going to be a knock-out production.

“We’ve had some birthdays for example and just everyone singing Happy Birthday, even that just sounds absolutely amazing. The large numbers, the group numbers, it’s tight. The set, they’re bringing in some new equipment to insinuate lighting and things like that,” said Jason Hatfield, who plays Thénardier.

Hatfield says it’s one of the best sounding musicals he’s ever been a part of.

“There’s so many people and so many talented singers. The group numbers even the individuals it’s amazing,” Hatfield said.

The musical recently became even more famous after the release of the Academy Award-winning movie. One performer says the play is a little different from the movie though.

“Even if you saw the movie you still need to come because it’s just that experience. That rush of performing that you get in that excitement that you feed off from the actors. It’s just a totally different experience than watching something on the screen,” Emilia Torello, who plays Gavroche, said.

Performers say because “Les Miserables” is one of the biggest Broadway shows of all time, people better hurry and buy tickets, because they are expecting to sell out.

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