Lipscomb offers faith night performance of “Les Miz”
By Janel Shoun-Smith on 10/7/2013
Lipscomb University’s Department of Theatre and Office of Church Services are co-sponsoring Lipscomb’s Nov. 6 performance of the international smash hit “Les Misérables” as a special faith night performance for church groups and a fundraising night for Youth Encouragement Services.
One dollar of every ticket purchased for the Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. performance, will be donated to YES, an after-school enrichment program for inner city youth that has a longstanding relationship with both Lipscomb and local congregations.
In addition, church-going individual and groups can purchase tickets for “Les Misérables” at a discounted price: $5 for students and church ministers and their family, and $10 for the general church population.
Discounted tickets can be purchased at the Lipscomb box office by calling 615-966-7077 and asking for the church or youth group ticket package.
Attendees at the Nov. 6 special performance will enjoy a pre-show “making of” video of the “Les Misérables” production, a post-show talk-back with the cast and crew and discussion questions provided to use with youth or small group discussions.
“Les Misérables,” based on the novel by Victor Hugo, is an inspiring story of grace triumphing over judgment. Jean Valjean is ready to give up on humanity as he breaks parole and begins a life as a fugitive. But a timely gift of silver candlesticks from a gentle priest changes his life and the lives of all those Valjean comes in contact with for decades afterwards.
About “Les Misérables” by Lipscomb
Lipscomb’s performance of the award-winning “Les Misérables” is the university’s most lavish production in years, involving more than 50 student actors, 20 student crew positions, a host of Lipscomb faculty and distinguished professionals including Broadway star Chuck Wagner, a Middle Tennessee native, as Jean Valjean (some performances), and Justin Boccitto, co-founder of the Group Theatre Too in New York.
“Les Misérables” is co-produced by the Lipscomb Department of Music.
Wagner has starred in many Broadway shows including including playing the Beast in Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast." He has performed in national touring productions of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “Les Misérables,” “Into the Woods” and “Dracula the Musical.”
About Youth Encouragement Services
YES strives to enrich the lives of children in inner city Nashville by encouraging them to reach their full potential. Through daily programs such as tutoring, summer camp, a basketball league, job skills training, and other recreational and cultural activities, low-income children are given a positive alternative to the streets and opportunities for a bright future.