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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
Photo courtesy Dwayne Green
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
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
Young Cosette/Eponine Anyka Bumgarner
Ensemble Tyler Askins
Katy Stafford Moore
Laura Michelle Wolfe
Orphans/Young Street Gang Madison Calderon