Les Misérables School Edition
Audition for Actors 8 to 19 years of age
NEW DATES FOR AUDITIONS AND PRODUCTION!
Saturday, March 21 at 12pm
& Sunday, March 22 at 4:30pm
Callbacks if required, Mon., Mar. 23 at 6pm
Les Misérables, School Edition: In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from 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 lifelong 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.
Auditioners should bring:
(Download audition packet here)
– Completed audition form (download above) with list of all possible conflicts
– Headshot and resume if available
– List of possible rehearsal conflicts
Auditioners should prepare:
– 16-32 bars of a song of the style that also that best shows off their voice and range. Please dress to dance
– Bring sheet music in appropriate key. Accompanist provided. You may bring electronic accompaniment, queued to desired start, but sheet music is preferred.
– Dress to move for dance audition
Production fees: If cast, your child will be receiving over 110 hours of professional direction from trained, industry professionals. Please be advised that if your child is cast in this show, there is a production fee of $100.00 per participant which includes a show t-shirt and a flash drive of production photos. Parents are also required to volunteer 10 hours. Scholarships and additional volunteer options available. NO ONE will be denied participation based on ability to pay.
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We are also accepting Tech applications for the show. Technical aspects of the show are also supported by local youth who work both backstage and in the light and sound booth.
Jean Valjean (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: G#2)
Jean Valjean is the hero of the show. It is his life journey that we follow. Jean Valjean is supposed to be stronger than other men, and so he should physically appear robust. He should carry himself confidently onstage and come across to the audience as reasonably mature and paternal. Valjean’s capacity for change is his greatest asset throughout the story. The key to his character is his great humanity and compassion. Jean Valjean is a vocally demanding role.
Javert (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: F#4, Vocal range bottom: F2)
Javert is the inspector who serves as antagonist to Jean Valjean. Javert is unswerving in his belief that men cannot change for the better. “Once a thief, always a thief” is his mantra. At first glance, Javert might appear to be the villain of the story, but upon closer examination, it is clear that he is not an evil man. He is a dedicated policeman with a profoundly strong sense of duty. Unlike Valjean, Javert’s attitudes are rigid and unmovable. He is stern, forbidding, and lacking in compassion.
Chain Gang (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: Eb4, Vocal range bottom: F2)
The Chain Gang consists of Jean Valjean’s fellow prisoners. There are five soloists (Convicts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). The overall vocal range of the Convicts is low.
Constables (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: E3)
Farmer (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: Db4, Vocal range bottom: C3)
Laborers (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: D4, Vocal range bottom: A#2)
Bishop Of Digne (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: A2)
The Bishop is a good man who saves Valjean’s soul through showing compassion. Don’t overlook the importance of this role. The Bishop of Digne’s kindness carefully establishes the premise of the show by literally buying Jean Valjean’s soul for God. This powerful role requires a nice baritone voice and a good actor.
Fantine (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: F3)
Fantine is the beautiful, young girl who, abandoned by her lover, is left to fend for herself and her daughter, Cosette. She is rejected by society and forced through circumstances to sell herself. She is a brave woman defeated by life who clings to her dignity and is sustained by her love for her daughter, sacrificing everything for the young Cosette. The audience witnesses her descent through a series of terrible events leading to poverty, hunger, cold, loneliness, destitution, and death from consumption.
Foreman (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: D4, Vocal range bottom: D3)
The Foreman begins Fantine on her desperate, downward spiral. He should be virile, commanding, and a bit sleazy around the edges.
Factory Workers (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: E4)
The Factory Workers include the following characters with solo lines: Workers 1 and 2, Woman, Factory Girls 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Girl 5 (Factory Girl) (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: Eb5, Vocal range bottom: F4)
Girl 5 (Factory Girl) is the shop girl who fights with Fantine. She is mean, spiteful, and selfish. She also is most likely having an affair with the Foreman and is jealous of his affection for Fantine.
Prostitutes (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: Db5, Vocal range bottom: C4)
The Docks are a depressing and dangerous place to be, occupied by prostitutes and their customers.
Sailors (Sailors 1, 2, 3) (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: Db4, Vocal range bottom: Eb3)
Three sailors begin the docks scene.
Bamatabois (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: D3)
Bamatabois is the customer who taunts Fantine into violence. He is a wealthy, dissolute young man who thinks of himself as a gentleman, even dressing in expensive clothes. He is drunk and in a sadistic mood. He chauvinistically feels it is his right to buy anything, even Fantine.
Old Woman (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: E4)
The Old Woman is a nice featured role who purchases Fantine’s hair.
Pimp (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: C4, Vocal range bottom: Eb3)
The Pimp controls the prostitutes at the docks. He is mean, aggressive, and abusive.
Onlookers and Bystanders (Gender: Any, Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: G4)
These characters make up the crowd of people onstage that witness the cart crash.
Fauchelevant (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: Eb4, Vocal range bottom: B3)
Fauchelevant is the victim of the cart crash.
Judge(s) (Gender: Male)
The Judge or Judges are non-singing roles.
Mistaken Jean Valjean And Family (Gender: Any)
These characters are also non-singing. Mistaken Jean Valjean is the man who Javert believes to be Jean Valjean.
Nuns (Gender: Female)
The two Nuns are non-singing and non-speaking roles. They serve to take care of Fantine in her sickness.
Young Cosette (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: A3)
Young Cosette is Fantine’s daughter and the Thénardiers’ ward. She has been forced into child labor. She is underfed, beaten by Madame Thénardier, and bullied by Eponine.
Madame Thénardier (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: G#3)
She is married to Thénardier. Together, Madame Thénardier and Thénardier con the world as partners in crime. They were made for each other, and although she complains about him, she loves him dearly. She is coarse and vulgar, unhappy in her existence without knowing why. She is romantic, greedy, manipulative, evil, and larger than life. She is mean and nasty to Little Cosette and able to improvise in nearly any situation.
Thénardier (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: C2)
Thénardier is the true villain of Les Misérables School Edition . He is the embodiment of evil. That said, he should also possess a wicked sense of humor. He delights in cheating, robbing, defrauding, and blackmailing, and relishes every aspect of his schemes with glee. He is tough, greedy, brutal, lowbrow, crafty and yet irresistible. He hates society and blames it and everyone else for all his misfortune. Thénardier is also the opportunist and realist of the show. He is a thief, a liar, a cheat, and steals valuables from the dead with no remorse.
Young Eponine (Gender: Female)
Young Eponine is the pampered daughter of the Thénardiers.
Gavroche (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: B3)
Gavroche is Thénardier’s son. He is left to fend for himself and lives by his wits in the streets of Paris. His archenemy is Javert, the policeman. Gavroche is brave, witty, and arrogant, with a fantastic, unchanged voice.
Eponine (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: F3)
Eponine is the Thénardiers’ daughter. Living hand to mouth, she survives by helping her father in his life of crime. She is a young girl who is streetwise and tough but also sensitive and lonely. This tragic character is hopelessly in love with Marius, knowing that he will never love her. She bravely follows Marius to the barricades in the hope that they will die there together.
Enjolras (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: A2)
Enjolras is the student leader. He is handsome, brave, and daring, although youthful. He combines his revolutionary ideals with strong, charismatic leadership. Victor Hugo described him as “a thinker and a man of action.”
Marius (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: Ab4, Vocal range bottom: A2)
Marius is the romantic hero of the story. He is impulsive, passionate, willful, and headstrong. His moods change according to his circumstances. He is sweet and tender but also capable of great courage and compassion.
Cosette (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: C6, Vocal range bottom: Bb3)
Cosette is Fantine’s strong-willed, loving daughter. She is an intelligent, inquiring, personable girl; she is not in any sense a sappy, romantic heroine. Once she is adopted by Jean Valjean, Cosette lives a comfortable, if secluded, life. She falls instantly in love with Marius, changing her world and her priorities.
Brujon (Gender: Any, Vocal range top: C#4, Vocal range bottom: B3)
Thénardier’s gang. Brujon is physically very strong. He has the body of a bear and a pea-sized brain. A genuine gangster, he is stupid and evil.
Babet (Gender: Any, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: E3)
Thénardier’s gang. Babet is physically frail but lean and cunning.
Claquesous (Gender: Any, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: C4)
Thénardier’s gang. Claquesous is tough, dangerous, and secretive.
Montparnasse (Gender: Any, Vocal range top: C#4, Vocal range bottom: C#3)
Thénardier’s gang. Montparnasse is a teenager who is handsome and dangerous (he kills with a knife). He is well dressed, strongly built, and agile.
Combeferre (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: D4, Vocal range bottom: E3)
Student. Combeferre is the philosopher and believer in peace. He is gentle, humane, strong, and brave.
Feuilly (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: D4, Vocal range bottom: D3)
Student. Feuilly is a worker who is a self-educated orphan. He is an affectionate, warm, and poetic believer in “nationality.”
Courfeyrac (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: Eb4, Vocal range bottom: E3)
Student. Courfeyrac is a youthful, passionate, and fearless student.
Joly (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: D3)
Student. Joly is an eccentric and light-hearted (although sometimes morbid) medical student. His name is derived from the English word “jolly.”
Prouvaire (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: Eb4, Vocal range bottom: D3)
Student. Prouvaire is a kind, soft-spoken, and, at the right moments, strong and masterful poet and student of social studies.
Lesgles (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: B3)
Student. Lesgles is a cheerful, laughing-at-life (but unlucky) student. He is a close friend of Joly.
Grantaire (Gender: Male)
Student. Grantaire is the opposite of Enjolras. He believes in nothing. Although he admires Enjolras, he loves to mock him. Witty and drunken, Grantaire is happy being with the group, and they put up with him because of his good humor. He also keeps a watchful eye on Gavroche, the mascot of the group, and is the most heartbroken when Gavroche is killed. He is so devastated by Gavroche’s death that Grantaire abandons his cynicism and rushes to die on the barricade.
Revolutionaries (Gender: Any)
An ensemble of Revolutionaries at the barricade scenes.
Sentries (Gender: Any)
In addition to the ensemble of Revolutionaries, the barricade scenes need actors to serve as Sentries 1 and 2.
Army Officer (Gender: Male)
The barricade scene needs an actor to play the Army Officer.
Women (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: Db5, Vocal range bottom: Eb4)
There are also four soloists for working-class Women in Scene 6 (Women 1, 2, 3, and 4) who sing about the events at the barricade.
Major Domo (Gender: Male)
Wedding Guests (Gender: Any)
Wedding Guests form a chorus that celebrates the wedding of Marius and Cosette.
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“LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION” Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.
This project is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.