|Kelli James as "Eponine" in Les Misérables|
The tale of love and rebellion is set to be directed by member of Les Miserables original Broadway company, Kelli James.
James appeared in Theater Works’ 2014-15 hit Follies. She has worked in the theatre for 40 years in Broadway Shows and many National tours and concerts. James has been coaching young artists for the theatre for 15 years. She is a top vocal coach and director who has co-directed Annie, Into The Woods, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Valley Youth Theatre, Charlotte’s Web for DST and Suessical for Off Square Theatre Co. in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She has received 3 AriZoni Award Nominations for acting and directing and won an AriZoni Award for original Choreography as well as an Inspirational Award for her role as The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella.
James May, Music Director and Conductor of the original Les Miserables Broadway production is slated as the Musical Director for the YouthWorks season-opening show. “We are thrilled to have the incredibly talented Kelli James and James May as part of our production. Having Broadway artists at the helm will take this show to a whole new level,” stated Chris Hamby, Director of Youth Programming for Theater Works. “This is a unique opportunity for our young people to learn from professional artists.”
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The 2016-17 YouthWorks Season sees a twist on a classic tale, musical masterpieces and some fairytales come to life. The 31st YouthWorks season opens with Les Misérables on stage September 9 – 25 and is followed by In the Village of the Brothers Grimm, the telling of eight tales by the folklore storytellers. The new year begins with the classic story of switching places. The Pauper Princess takes a new twist on Mark Twain’s 19th century novel. The YouthWorks season concludes with Once Upon a Mattress, the whimsical musical spin on the familiar classic with a dash of side-splitting shenanigans.
Single performance tickets for Theater Works 31th Season will go on sale to the public on Friday, July 1, 2016. For more information, visit www.theaterworks.org.