The Playhouse SA Les Misérables Field Guide

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  • Field Guide A Tool for Teachers, Students, Performers, Designers, &

    Advocates of Live Theatre

    Guide Compiled by

    Christina Casella, Education & Outreach Director

    Casey Weed, Les Miserables Dramaturg

    Playhouse Interns Madeleine Garcia, Gabriella Melendez, and Daniel Quintero

  • To the Educators, Students, Actors, Directors, Designers, and any art advocate who may find themselves exploring this

    Field Guide:

    Welcome to The Playhouse San Antonio Les Misrables Field Guide!

    Here at The Playhouse San Antonio our mission is to produce high quality live theatre that inspires, educates, and

    entertains audiences of all ages. Our passion is to connect our community to the world at large by telling stories that

    reveal the truth of the human experience.

    In the spirit of this mission, we offer our audiences the opportunity to continue their experience at the theater by

    providing events and interactive resources like this Field Guide. Its purpose can function in many waysin the

    classroom, as a series of activities, a resource to artists, and a behind the scenes glance into this amazing, venturesome

    production.

    Our goal with this and every production is to educate and inform our audiences, while still providing a level of

    entertainment and expression through the art of live theatre.

    We suggest exploring the guide both before and after attending The Playhouse production of Les Misrables running

    Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. from October 3, 2013 to November 3, 2013.

    Our Playhouse Education Night, Sunday, October 13, 2013, includes a Post-Show Discussion and Talk Back. We

    encourage those attending to apply the knowledge and information gained from this Field Guide to stimulate and inspire

    the evenings discussion.

    Additionally, H-E-B has graciously sponsored a separate Education Night on Friday, October 25, 2013. Thanks to H-E-Bs

    generous funding, we are able to sponsor 400 students to see Les Misrables. Our very own Tribe members and

    Playhouse Interns will be hosting that evenings Post Show Talk Back and had a part in compiling this Field Guide.

    Additional credit to this guide is due to Les Misrables director, Tim Hedgepeth. We appreciate his dedication to

    educating both his cast and audience.

    Thank you and Enjoy!

  • Background Information

    History of the Student Rebellion

    July 14, 1789-Storming of the Bastille This event is the start of the French Revolution

    September 1793-July 1794-The Reign of Terror

    Political upheaval resulting in the deaths of thousands, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

    October 1797-Treaty of Campo Formio

    Other nations tried to restrain France, but were soundly defeated. End of the First Coalition

    1804-Napoleon becomes Emperor of France

    After several victories against European powers, Napoleon is declared Emperor of France by the Senate (and himself).

    1812-Napoleon exiled to Elba

    Napoleon loses to the Sixth Coalition

    1815-Battle of Waterloo

    -Napoleon loses again; Louis XVIII (House of Bourbon) restored to the throne

    July 1830-July Revolution

    -House of Bourbon overthrown; Louis-Philippe (House of Orlans) placed on the throne.

    -Overthrow of hereditary right to rule in favor of popular sovereignty

    June 1832-June Rebellion

    -Republicans (and others) disgruntled by the appointment of another monarch (Louis-Philippe) after the July Revolution

    planned to overthrow the monarchy.

    -Barricades were constructed throughout Paris and streets were overrun with revolutionaries (many of whom were

    members of secret societies) for 2 days.

    -Began during the funeral of General Lamarque who died during the spring cholera epidemic

    Dramaturg, Casey Weed

    Happening Elsewhere

    1826-Worlds first photograph

    1830-Railroad construction takes off in America

    1836-Battle of the Alamo

    1840-First use of general anesthesia

    1861-U.S. Civil War begins

    ONE. one.

  • two.

    Who was general lamarque?

    Highly honored Napoleonic general

    Supporter of independence in France and abroad

    Went into exile with Napoleon but returned in 1818 to politics

    After 1830 revolution, tasked with preventing

    Legitimist uprisings (supporters of the House of Bourbon)

    Fell into disagreement with the Orlans monarchy

    General Lamarque

    Victor hugo

    February 26, 1802-May 22, 1885

    Educated as a Catholic Royalist by his mother but became a republican as

    he grew older

    His family followed his fathers military postings until his mother took the

    children and settled in Paris

    Playwright, novelist, revolutionary, husband, and father

    Exiled 1855-1870 due to political opposition

    Victor Hugo

  • The Musical

    ONE.

    Synopsis courtesy of Mtishows.com

    Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

    Book by Claude-Michel Schnberg

    Music by Claude-Michel Schnberg

    Book by Alain Boublil

    In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust

    imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment.

    He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for

    redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to

    believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of

    1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of

    the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted

    daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last

    attains the peace he has sought for so long.

    Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misrables packs an emotional wallop that has

    thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast

    of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A

    spectacle on Broadway and in London, Les Misrables is equally effective with a

    minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made

    Les Misrables a popular masterpiece.

    three.

    Photo courtesy Dwayne Green

  • four.

    Directors note

    Like most people I know, I have a bucket list. Mine is a catalogue of plays

    and musicals that, if I am lucky, I may one day have the opportunity to direct.

    Les Misrables is on that list; its a show I have longed to do ever since that

    rainy afternoon in 1985 when I heard the original London cast recording

    for the very first time. Of course, as any diehard Les Miz fan can tell you,

    the world most popular musical suffered a rocky start. Most critics were

    dismissive if not downright hostile (Victor Hugo on the garbage dump!

    was the now-infamous sneer of The Observers opening night critic.)

    But the naysayers were quickly silenced by the international embrace of

    the musicals millions of fans. And I am one of them. I love its pomp and pageantry, its lush and sentimental score,

    and of course all of those marvelous, heartbreaking characters. It is a work of 20th century musical theatre that can

    rightly be considered a modern classic. But, at the end of the day, I believe that the continued success of this work is

    due largely to its fidelity to Hugos original novel. The musical version asks that we ponder the themes of crime and

    punishment, social injustice, and forgiveness, among others. And, in doing so, we cannot help but see its relevance to

    our world today. Of course a good chunk of Hugos novel has been trimmed away, yet we still have the inspiring story

    of one mans journey towards redemption. I have rehearsed this production for only eight weeks, but I have been

    thinking about it for almost thirty years. Bringing Les Misrables to the stage at The Playhousein the company of our

    remarkable family of actors, designers, musicians and staff has been a journey I will never forget.

    Welcome to the Barricade!

    Director, Tim Hedgepeth

    Photos Courtesy Sandra Trevino

  • five.

    Cast

    Jean Valjean Jason Mosher

    Javert Jesse Enderle

    Fantine Mary Morrow

    Thenardier Isidro Medina

    Madame Thenardier Jane Haas

    Marius Trevor Chauvin

    Cosette Constanza Aileen

    Eponine Carlye Gossen

    Enjolras Chris Berry

    Gavroche Christian Tinajero

    William Tucker

    Young Cosette/Eponine Anyka Bumgarner

    Vidhi Sapru

    Emma Tucker

    Ensemble Tyler Askins

    Amanda Belscamper

    Sara Brookes

    Anthony Castro

    Desire Chappelle

    Jerry Cordova

    Anamaria Delperdang

    Jay Duval

    Bob Galindo

    Madeleine Garcia

    Mark Hicks

    Matthew Lieber

    Ginger Martel

    Gabriella Melendez

    Katy Stafford Moore

    David Nanny-Isban

    Thad Payne

    Sebastian Pinzon

    Daniel Quintero

    Rob Shaver

    Travis Trevino

    Gerardo Vallejo

    Reagan Wilson

    Laura Michelle Wolfe

    Orphans/Young Street Gang Madison Calderon

    Milla Check

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