This local production of Les Miserables at Hutchins Street Square’s Performing Arts Theatre is a definite “Go See!”. It truly rivals anything you may have seen in New York and San Francisco. And if audience reaction to Saturday evening’s performance is any indication, you’ll regret missing one of the four upcoming showings scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.
Three things make this event special. First, the venue. The Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre is the artistic jewel of Lodi. Even before the music starts and the curtain goes up, the theater itself has set a stately tone and raised our expectations. It also offers the staging, sound and lighting capabilities that make grand musicals like Les Miz possible.
Second, the scope and complexity of this production is best described as community theater on steroids. The stagecraft (scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound) was outstanding. Nicole Howton, Director of Lodi Musical Theater, and her associates, have given us and our families the opportunity to experience the joys of live theater on a grand scale.
Third, the cast. Composed largely of local talent, performers gave everything they had worked hard to give. By design, Les Miserable is an emotional experience. Those in the audience in touch with their sensitive side were not disappointed.
We hope you get a sense of the event from the following photos, but take your family and experience it first hand. You won’t be disappointed. Tickets are available through the Hutchins Street Square Box Office.