By Kristen Miller
DASSEL-COKATO, MN After years of anticipation, the world’s longest-running musical is coming to Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre this summer.
Les Misérables has been seen by 65 million people in over 42 countries and has been performed by more than 3,000 school productions. The rights to the classic musical have only just become available for community theater productions.
“This has been something that has been on our list for a long time,” said Colleen Compton, DC Community Education programs coordinator. “It’s a classic,” Compton said, “We’re very excited.”
Directing the community theatre production will be Dave Metcalf, who in 2003, directed the high school version for the Dassel-Cokato High School fall musical, which at the time was performed with Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School.
“It is my very favorite Broadway musical,” Metcalf said.
“It’s such an emotional show,” Metcalf said. “It’s a moving piece of literature,” he said, adding the entire script is in song.
He also noted that if anyone has seen the movie version, the screen distances the audience from the emotions evoked by the cast. The stage version, however, is much more intimate because the actors are right there in the same room as the audience. “It makes all the difference in the world,” he commented.
The production will take place in July, with auditions in May. Those interested can mark their calendars. Auditions will take place Saturday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m., both at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center. Anyone with questions may contact Deb Moen, production assistant, at (612) 236-5137.