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Audition Information for LES MISERABLES

Four Seasons Theatre will present LES MISERABLES from August 9 - 18, 2013 at The Mitby Theater in
Madison, WI.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, March 16 from 9 am to 5 pm. Callbacks will be held on Sunday,
March 17 from 7 to 10 pm and Tuesday, March 19 from 7 pm to 10 pm.

How to sign up for an audition:


Advance sign up for auditions is required. To make an appointment please email your name and phone
number to audition@fourseasonstheatre.com. Please also indicate the role/s you are interested in. You will
receive a confirmation email with your exact time and audition location once your request is received and
processed. Please allow a few days for a response.
Video submission for those who are unable to attend in person auditions may be submitted by email to
info@fourseasonstheatre.com no later than 5 pm on Saturday, March 9. Email submission should follow the
same guidelines as in person auditions and should include a completed audition form, a list of potential
schedule conflicts, and a link to a video audition.

What to prepare:
Please prepare a one-minute audition (roughly 32 bars), in the style of the show. Please practice timing
your audition as you will be cut off if you run over. Please have your music clearly marked and in a 3-ring
binder with pages copied back to back. A professional accompanist will be provided. A cappella auditions
are discouraged.
For children auditioning for Young Cosette, Young Eponine, Gavroche, and other child roles, please bring up
to one minute of any song you feel comfortable with.
Print out and complete the Audition Form (pg. 6). Bring it with you to your audition, as well as a
Headshot/Resume if you have one.

Schedule:
Rehearsals will start mid-June and run through August 9 with performances August 9-18 (see draft schedule
on page 5) at The Mitby Theater. Please bring your calendar to the auditions so you can note any conflicts
at that time. Please note that all cast members must be available for all tech week rehearsals Saturday,
August 3 through Thursday, August 8.

Casting Decisions:
Casting decisions will be made by Sunday, March 24. All actors who are cast will receive a personal phone
call by 5 pm that day. In addition, the cast list will be posted on the Four Seasons Theatre website at that
time.

Les Miserables
LES MISERABLES is based on the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo. It has music
by Claude-Michel Schnberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language
libretto by Herbert Kretzmer. Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a burly French peasant of
abnormal strength and potentially violent nature, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for
having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew
after a kindly bishop inspires him to, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the
way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young
idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Musical Numbers
Act I

Prologue - Chain Gang, Valjean, and Javert


One Parole/The Bishop - Constables, Bishop of Digne
Valjean's Soliloquy (What Have I Done?) - Valjean
At the End of the Day - The Poor, Foreman, Women, Fantine, Factory Girl
I Dreamed a Dream - Fantine
Lovely Ladies - Sailors, Hookers, Fantine, Old Woman, Crone, Pimp
Fantine's Arrest - Javert, Fantine, Bamatabois, Valjean
The Runaway Cart - Valjean, Crowd, Fauchelevent, Javert
Who am I? - Valjean
Fantine's Death (Come to Me) - Fantine, Valjean
The Confrontation - Valjean, Javert
Castle on a Cloud - Little Cosette
Master of the House - Madame Thenadier, Thenadier, and Customers
The Bargain (Waltz of Treachery) - Thenadiers and Valjean
Look Down - Gavroche and Beggars
Stars - Javert
Red and Black (The ABC Cafe) - Enjolras, Marius, Students
Do You Hear the People Sing? - Enjolras, Students, and Citizens
In My Life - Cosette, Valjean
A Heart Full Of Love - Cosette, Marius, Eponine
The Attack on Rue Plumet - Thenadier, Robbers
One Day More - Company

On My Own - Eponine
Little People - Gavroche
First Attack - Policemen, Enjolras, Students
A Little Fall of Rain - Eponine, Marius
Drink With Me - Granataire, Students, Women
Bring Him Home - Valjean
Second Attack
The Sewers
Dog Eats Dog - Thenadier
Javert's Suicide - Javert
Turning - Women
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables - Marius
Every Day - Cosette, Marius
The Wedding Choral - Guests
Beggars at the Feast - Thenadiers
Finale - Company

Act II

Les Miserables Character Breakdown


JEAN VALJEAN is the hero of the show. It is his life journey that we follow. Jean Valjean is supposed to be stronger
than other men, and so physically should appear robust. He should reasonably carry himself as mature and paternal.
Valjean's ability to change is his greatest asset. the key to his character is his great humanity and compassion. Jean
Valjean is a vocally demanding role.
Vocal Range: Low A to High A
JAVERT is the inspector who serves as antagonist to Jean Valjean. Javert is unswerving in his belief that men cannot
change for the good. "Once a thief, always a thief" is his mantra. At first glance Javert might appear to be the villain of
the story, but on closer examination it is clear that he is not an evil man. He is aware that in society some people
achieve control through evil and others through power of the law. He is a dedicated policeman, with a profound sense
of duty. Unlike Valjean he cannot change. His attitudes are rigid and unmovable. He is stern, forbidding and lacking in
compassion. Javert should be an actor who can convincingly stand up to Jean Valjean.
Vocal Range: Low F to High F sharp
FANTINE is the beautiful young girl who, abandoned by her lover, is left to fend for herself and her daughter Cosette.
She is rejected by society and forced through circumstances to become a prostitute. She is a brave woman defeated
by life, sustained by her love for her daughter and clinging to her dignity. Sick with consumption, we witness her
descent through poverty, hunger, cold, loneliness and destitution to death. She is a noble character, whose life
becomes is a series of terrible events that rob her of her pride, character, and ultimately her life.
Vocal Range: G flat (below middle C) to D
EPONINE is the daughter of the Thenardiers. She is a young girl who is streetwise and tough, but also sensitive and
lonely. She is in love with Marius, knowing that he will never love her. She bravely follows Marius to the Barricades in
the hope that they will die there together. Once grown up, Eponine moves with her family to Paris where they fall on
hard times. Now poor, living hand to mouth, she survives by helping her father break the law. Eponine is a tragic
character, hopelessly in love with Marius. She sings one of the most famous numbers in the show, "On My Own," and
should therefore be an excellent singer with a contemporary edge to her voice and an excellent actress.
Vocal Range: F sharp (below middle C) to E
MARIUS is the handsome romantic hero of the story. He is impulsive, passionate, willful and headstrong. His moods
change according to his circumstances. He is sweet and tender but also capable of great courage and compassion. In
Act 1 Marius plays Romeo to Cosette's Juliet. Marius matures after the Cafe Song as a result of his experiences on
the barricade. Marius should have a lovely, lyrical voice with a contemporary edge. Vocal Range: Low A to High A flat
COSETTE is the beautiful daughter of Fantine. She is strong willed and loving. She is an intelligent, inquiring,
personable girl. She is not in any sense a "soppy" romantic heroine. Once adopted by Jean Valjean, Cosette lives a
comfortable, if secluded life. She is challenging to Valjean, behaving always with imagination and dignity. She falls
instantly in love with Marius, changing her world and her priorities.
Vocal Range: B flat (below middle C) to High C (2 octaves above middle C)
ENJOLRAS is the student leader. He is handsome,brave and daring, although youthful. He combines his revolutionary
ideals with a strong charismatic leadership. He is described by Victor Hugo as "a thinker, and a man of action". On the
barricade he physically and vocally should dominate everyone else. He should ooze with charisma, be a natural
leader, be good looking, and have a very strong high baritone or a tenor voice. Remember, Enjolras must lead the
students to fight and ultimately die. His death at the barricade is one of the dramatic highlights of the show.
Vocal Range: A to G (above middle C)

MADAME THNARDIER is the wife of Thenardier, Madame Thenardier is as "one" with Thenardier. Together they
con the world as partners in crime. They were made for each other, although she complains about him, she loves him
deeply. She is coarse and vulgar, unhappy in her existence without knowing why. She is romantic, greedy, stupid, evil
and larger than life. She is mean and nasty to Young Cosette and able to improvise in nearly any situation.
Vocal Range: G sharp (below middle C) to D
THNARDIER is the true villain of Les Miserables. He is embodiment of evil. That said, he should also possess a
wicked sense of humor. He delights in cheating, robbing, fraud and blackmail, relishing every aspect of them with
glee. He is tough, greedy, brutal, stupid and creafty and yet irresistable. He hates society and blames it and everyone
else for all his misfortune. thenardier is also the opportunist and realist of the show. He is a thief, a liar, a cheat, steals
valuables from the dead with no remorse. He is also the comic relief of the production. However, his comedy is based
in reality and shouldn't be too exaggerated. He is married to Madame Thenardier and father to Eponine and Gavroche
(although he has abandoned Gavroche to the streets of Paris.)
Vocal Range: C (below middle C) to G sharp (above middle C)
BISHOP OF DIGNE is a good man who saves Valjean with his compassion. Don't overlook the importance of this role.
The Bishop of Digne's compassion carefully establishes the premise of the show by literally buying Jean Valjean's soul
for God.
Vocal Range: Low A to High E
GAVROCHE is Thenardier's son. He is left to fend for himself and lives by his wits in the streets of Paris. His "arch
enemy" is Javert the Policeman. He is brave and witty. Think a young Artful Dodger. Gavroche has a very dramatic
death at the barricade.
Vocal Range: B (below middle C) to G
YOUNG COSETTE is the child of Fantine. She is the ward of the Thenardiers forced into child labor and sings "Castle
On A Cloud." She is a trembling little creature, underfed, beaten by Madame Thenardier and bullied by Eponine. Make
sure Cosette is small and looks properly pathetic and yet warms the audience's heart who should be sympathetic to
her plight.
Vocal Range: A (below middle C) to C
YOUNG EPONINE is the pampered daughter of the Thenardiers. She does little except enter the stage and taunt
Little Cosette. The role requires no singing or speaking. She should be a smaller version of grown Eponine and
resemble Eponine in appearance and features.
Non-singing

THE ENSEMBLE plays a key role in Les Miserables. There are many featured roles/solos throughout the whole show
and all are key to driving the piece forward. Characters include: The Students, The Chain Gang, farmers, workers,
prostitutes, gentlemen, robbers, and many others. In addition, we will be casting up to eight children ages 6+.
We are looking for over twenty ensemble members, interested in many different physical and vocal types.

DRAFT Schedule (as of 2/20/13)


Show: Les Miserables
Regular rehearsals will begin Sunday, June 23, 2013 and run Sunday through Thursday evenings from 7 pm
to 10 pm with some Sunday afternoon rehearsals as well. Principals music coaching will begin in early June
with schedule TBD based on actor and music director availability.
Rehearsals:
Sunday, June 9 from 2 pm to 5 pm
Sunday, June 16 from 7 pm to 10 pm
Sunday, June 23 to Thursday, June 27: Music
Sunday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 3: Music/Begin Blocking Act 1
Sunday, July 7 to Thursday, July 11: Blocking Act 1
Sunday, July 14 to Thursday, July 18: Blocking Act 2
Sunday, July 21 to Thursday, July 25: Finish Act 2 / Show Runs
Sunday, July 28 to Thursday, August 1: Show Runs
Tech Week:
Saturday, August 3:

10 out of 12 (10am to 10pm)


10 to 1 pm Choreography Spacing
2 to 5 pm Scene Change Rehearsal
6 to 10 pm Act 1 Cue to Cue

Sunday, August 4

1 to 4 pm Act 2 Cue to Cue


7 to 10 pm Sitz Probe with Orchestra

Monday, August 5

6 to 10:30 pm Piano Tech

Tuesday, August 6

6 to 10:30 pm Piano Tech

Wednesday, August 7

6 to 10:30 pm Orchestra Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, August 8

6 to 10:30 pm Orchestra Dress Rehearsal

Performances:
Friday, August 9 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm
Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 pm TBD
Friday, August 16 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 18 at 2 pm

LES MISERABLES AUGUST 2013


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**On the back of this page, please list conflicts you have with the draft schedule listed on pg. 5**