Les Misérables

September 25, 2013 - November 3, 2013
Show Info

"It's the small, personal moments in ZACH Theatre's staging that make this epic musical sing!"
- The Austin Chronicle (Read more.)

New! Actor Nicholas Rodriguez (Javert) on his role in the show:

Director Matt Lenz discusses ZACH's Production:

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"Thrilling, spectacular and unforgettable!"
- The New York Times

I Dreamed A Dream...experience the international musical phenomenon LES MISÉRABLES, up-close and personal, in the intimate Topfer Theatre! Soaring anthems, unbridled patriotism and the quest for redemption reveal the heart of a man who must leave his past behind to fight for life, love and liberty.

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"Master of the House" from ZACH Theatre's LES MISÉRABLES
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(L-R) Jean Valjean (played by Pat McRoberts) and Inspector Javert (played by Nicholas Rodriguez) in ZACH Theatre's production of LES MISÉRABLES.
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"A five star hit, astonishingly powerful."
The London Times


About the Company

JOSEF ANDERSON (Constable, Courfeyrac, Ensemble) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. REGIONAL THEATRE: See Rock City & Other Destinations at Theatre Lab and Songs for a New World at Aside Productions. OTHER THEATRE: Pirates of Penzance, Enron, You Can’t Take It With You, Bare: A Pop Opera and Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Sam Houston State University. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: B.F.A. from Sam Houston State University, Broadway Theatre Project 2012.

ROBERTO ARAUJO (Thénardier) – AT ZACH THEATRE: "Thalia" in Xanadu (B. Iden Payne Award). REGIONAL THEATRE: Singin’ in the Rain, Legally Blonde The Musical and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Sierra Repertory Theatre and Altar Boyz at The Palace Theatre. OFF-BROADWAY: Angelina Ballerina, The Musical; Jackson Heights 3am and Street Lights. INTERNATIONAL TOURS: Fame, The Musical in China; The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Germany and Austria. FILM: Joseph, King of Dreams. TV: 30 Rock. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Rent in Mexico City, Headline Singer for Carnival Cruise Lines and Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Roberto has also worked extensively with the Disney Special Events Group in Latin America. www.RobertoAraujo.com.

JILL BLACKWOOD* (Fantine) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Goodnight Moon, Ragtime, Xanadu, Hairspray, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 365 Days/365 Plays, Bad Dates, Urinetown: The Musical, Aida, Cabaret, Master Class and The Rocky Horror Show. REGIONAL THEATRE: Jill has performed regularly with Austin Shakespeare, Austin Playhouse, the former Austin Musical Theatre, Zilker Theatre Productions (onstage and in the pit orchestra), The State Theatre, Tex-Arts, Mississippi’s New Stage Theatre and as a guest artist at St. Edward’s University Mary Moody Northen Theatre. AWARDS: Numerous Austin Critics’ Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for her work in comedies, dramas and musicals. Most recently, the Austin Critics’ Table awarded her the 2013 John Bustin Award for "Conspicuous Versatility. " Favorite roles are wife to husband Tim and mother to their two beautiful boys.

AMANDA KAY BOUNDY (Old Woman, Ensemble) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production: REGIONAL OPERA: I Pagliacci with Austin Lyric Opera Chorus. LIGHT OPERA: Princess Ida with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin. OTHER OPERA: Die Zauberflote with BASOTI, Gianni Schicchi with Peabody Opera, The Medium and The Pirates of Penzance with Albion College Opera. OTHER THEATRE: The Fantastiks with Spotlighters Theater. OTHER CREDITS: B.A. in Music Performance from Albion College, M.M. Voice Performance from The Peabody Conservatory.

MERCY BOVIK (Young Éponine) – joins the ZACH Theatre professional company for the first time with this production. ZACH PRE-PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL: Fifty Years of Broadway and Annie. OTHER CREDITS: 4th Grader at Parkside Community School; training in ballet, jazz, voice, Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) and hip-hop.

SARA BURKE (Innkeeper’s Wife, Ensemble, Éponine U/S) – AT ZACH THEATRE: White Christmas (Ensemble, Judy U/S), Xanadu (Kira, Clio), Spring Awakening (Wendla) and Hairspray (Amber von Tussle). REGIONAL THEATRE: Legally Blonde The Musical (Serena, Brook U/S, Vivenne U/S) with Red Mountain Theatre Co., Last 5 Years (Cathy) with Theatre at the J. and Sweet Charity (Charity) with SummerStock Austin. OTHER THEATRE: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and Cats (Rumpleteazer).  

CLIFFORD BUTLER (Factory Foreman, Brujon, Ensemble) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. OTHER THEATRE: The Will Rogers Follies, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Arcadia and Guys and Dolls at the Georgetown Palace Theatre; Les Misérables at Roadside Theatre, Heidelberg, Germany; Jesus Christ Superstar and Little Shop of Horrors at American Musical Theatre Company, Germany. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: B. Iden Payne "People’s Choice" Award for A Little Night Music, Georgetown Palace Theatre (director).

ANDREW CANNATA (Marius) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Ragtime, Next to Normal, Rent and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. REGIONAL THEATRE: A Minister’s Wife, I Love You Because, john and jen and Company. OTHER THEATRE: Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Footloose, The Pajama Game, Last 5 Years, My Favorite Year, Parade, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Anything Goes. AWARDS: B. Iden Payne Award winner for "Best Lead Actor in Musical Theatre" in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

ROBERT CORKILL (Claquesous, Ensemble) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Evita, Aida, Urinetown The Musical and various Red, Hot & Soul events. REGIONAL THEATRE: West Side Story and Annie Get Your Gun at Zilker Hillside Theater and The Music Man Review at Tex-Arts. OTHER CREDITS: Robert worked for ZACH’s Educational Department as a dance teacher for six years and received a B. Iden Payne Award "Plays for Youth - Outstanding Dance Choreography" nomination for School House Rock 2. As a Mentor Teacher for AISD, he received his B.S. in Family Studies and Child Development from Texas Tech University and is currently attaining his M.E.D degree from Concordia University.

JOSHUA DENNING (Enjolras, Valjean U/S) – AT ZACH THEATRE: White Christmas (Ensemble), Next to Normal (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden), Rent (as Angel – Austin Critics’ Table Award for "Best Supporting Actor" and the B. Iden Payne Award for "Outstanding Ensemble Performance") and Hairspray (Seaweed J. Stubbs). INTERNATIONAL CREDITS: The Lion King (Simba) Hamburg, Germany; We Will Rock You (Brit), Zurich, Switzerland; Best of Musical (Principal Soloist), Vienna, Austria. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Zilker Theatre (B. Iden Payne nomination); Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Mary Moody Northen Theatre; In The Blood (Reverend D), Altered Stages; Rent (Benny), The Weston Playhouse; Miss Saigon, Theater Under The Stars; West Side Story and A Little Night Music, The Human Race Theater Company. OTHER THEATRE: Hot Summer Nights at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Stage One, The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Seaside Music Theater. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Wright State University.

FELICIA DINWIDDIE (Mme. Thénardier) – NATIONAL THEATRE: Hairspray (Original Toronto Company). AT ZACH THEATRE: One Night With Janis Joplin, Ragtime, Little Shop of Horrors, Jelly’s Last Jam, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Schoolhouse Rock, Blues in the Night, The Gospel at Colonus, Das Barbecü, Beehive (’91-’98 & ‘03), Dreamgirls (’95 & ’97), Rockin’ Christmas Party (‘93-’03, ‘09), Falsettos, Nunsense and Once on This Island. REGIONAL THEATRE: Giant Steps "An Urban Musical" (Texas Musical Theatre Workshop), The Good Times Are Killing Me (Austin Theatre for Youth), Beehive (Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, Rochester, NY), Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway Austin), Once On This Island (Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA) and Big River (FUMC). RADIO/TV: "Oprah Winfrey" in an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Stories of the E.R., Strong /Medicine, Boston Public, Scrubs, 50-Off Store commercial and other industrials for Ink Productions. OTHER: B. Iden Payne Award for "Featured Actress in a Musical" (Dreamgirls) and "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical" (Ain’t Misbehavin’).

SAM DUBIN (Lesgles, Ensemble) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. OTHER THEATRE: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Austin Lyric Opera; Cabaret and Inherit the Wind at City Theatre. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Enrolled in Musical Theatre Program at McCallum Fine Arts Academy; Member of Conspirare Youth Choir, 2010-2012.

TREY HARRINGTON* (Jean Prouvaire, Ensemble, Marius U/S) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. REGIONAL THEATRE: It’s A Wonderful Life (TUTS); Carnival (Gloucester Stage Co.); A Funny Thing Happened…, Wait Until Dark and The Miser (The Barnstormers); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Texas Rep.) and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Musical Theatre of Houston) TOURS: The Civil War (Theatreworks USA). OTHER THEATRE: Children of Eden, The Who’s Tommy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Town, Strike Up the Band and The Balcony at The Boston Conservatory. OTHER: B.F.A from The Boston Conservatory.

LESLIE K. HOLLINGSWORTH (Ensemble) – AT ZACH THEATRE: The Rocky Horror Show (Janet) and 365 Days/365 Plays (Various). REGIONAL THEATRE: Passing Strange (Sherry, Renata, Desi) at Half and Half Productions; The Sound of Music (Baroness Elsa Schraeder), Footloose (Irene), The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmeier), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Babette), My Favorite Year (Aunt Sadie) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Millie) at Zilker Theatre Productions; Cabaret (Sally Bowles) at City Theatre; Sing Muse (Melpomene) at Vortex Repertory Theatre; Company (April) at Doctuh Mistuh Productions and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Austin Shakespeare. OTHER: Tex-Arts, Second Youth Family Theatre and Austin Cabaret Theatre.

VINCENT HOOPER (Joly, Ensemble) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Ragtime (Coalhouse Follower, Ragtime Band). OTHER THEATRE: Footloose (Ren McCormack), Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson) and In the Heights (Benny) at Cedar Ridge High School; Passing Strange (Youth) at Half and Half Productions; Pippin (Leading Player) and Bremen Town Musicians (Donkey) at SummerStock Austin.

CAROLINE HOOTEN (Young Cosette) – AT ZACH THEATRE: White Christmas (Susan Waverly). ZACH PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL: Willy Wonka, Jr. (Phineous Trout), Sideways Stories From Wayside School (Mrs. Gorf, Mr. Gorf ), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally), and Giggle House Live! (Helen Umbroso, Micah). OTHER THEATRE: A Comedy of Errors (Adriana) at Regents, Sound of Music (Liesl) at KidsActing and Annie at KidsActing. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Caroline is currently a 6th grade student at Regents where she studies voice and piano. She studies dance at Balance Dance Studio and studies acting, voice and dance in ZACH’s Pre- Professional Program. Caroline also studies voice with Susan Anderson.

CHRISTINE JEAN-JACQUES (Factory Girl, Ensemble, Cosette U/S) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. INTERNATIONAL TOURS: Disney Cruiselines and Disney Live. REGIONAL: American Family Theatre tours; Just So at Orlando Repertory Theatre; original cast singer/puppeteer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Arabian Nights Dinner Show and "Martha May" in Grinchmas at Universal Studios. OTHER: "Adriana" in Comedy of Errors; "Nellie" in South Pacific, "Betty Blake" in Will Rogers Follies and Thoroughly Modern Millie at Georgetown Palace Theatre.

J. QUINTON JOHNSON (Constable, Combeferre, Ensemble, Enjolras U/S) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. OTHER THEATRE: Godspell, An Execution and Don Juan at Texas A&M University Camp on the Coast; Once Upon a Mattress, Handler, The Boys Next Door and Playing with Fire at Athens High School; The Wizard of Oz and Annie Get Your Gun at The Henderson County Performing Arts Center. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Musical Theatre Ambassador at the University of Texas at Austin.

TRACI LEE (Éponine) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. REGIONAL THEATRE: Cabaret at Dallas Theater Center, Little Shop of Horrors and The Full Monty at WaterTower Theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone and Avenue Q at Theatre Three and Legally Blonde The Musical at Level Ground Arts. OTHER THEATRE: Rent, Little Women: The Musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Big River at Collin Theatre Center, Once Upon a Mattress and Enron at Erica Starr Theatre. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Associate of Arts from Collin College, B.F.A. in Musical Theatre & Dance emphasis from Sam Houston State University.

JENNIFER YOUNG MAHLSTEDT* (Cosette) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Ragtime, Xanadu, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Rockin’ Christmas Party. REGIONAL THEATRE: Jennifer has performed regularly for Theatre Under the Stars, Austin Playhouse, the former Austin Musical Theatre, Zilker Theatre Productions and San Francisco’s Marines Memorial Theatre; favorites roles include Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Damn Yankees (Lola), Kiss Me Kate (Bianca), A Chorus Line (Val) and Dames at Sea (Ruby). NBA: Houston Rocket Power Dancer, 2004-2005. AWARDS: Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for "Best Supporting Actress" and "Choreography". OTHER CREDITS: Jennifer is currently the Pre-Professional School Coordinator for ZACH Theatre where she has directed and choreographed 50 Years of Broadway, Annie and Too Darn Fosse.

PAT McROBERTS* (Jean Valjean & Fight Captain) – starred as "Chris" in Miss Saigon on Broadway, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver, Cleveland, Denver and Detroit. Pat starred in The 2013 24 Hour Musicals in New York City with Ben Folds, Taran Killam and Anthony Rapp. Understudied Jeff Daniels in Turn of the Century, directed by Tommy Tune, at The Goodman Theatre. Pat was "Valjean" in Les Misérables at the Barter Theatre and Symphony Of The Mountains. He was "Lucius" in Debbie Allen’s Twist at the Alliance Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse. Pat also starred as "Buddy" in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in the National Tour and regionally and Yoko Ono’s New York Rock Off-Broadway on Capitol Records. Pat has a B.A. in Music from Otterbein University. Follow Pat on twitter @PatMcRoberts or www.PatMcRoberts.com.

DANIEL MONPLAISIR (Fauchelevent, Feuilly, Ensemble) – AT ZACH THEATRE: White Christmas (Ralph Sheldrake). OTHER THEATRE: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey 2 / Ensemble), 2012 US Army Soldier Show, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy Blakney), Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet), Clue: The Musical (Mr. Green) and Scrooge: The Musical (Fred). OTHER: Daniel holds a B.A. in Theatre from Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL.

CHAZ NAILOR (Innkeeper, Montparnasse , Ensemble, Javert U/S) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. REGIONAL THEATRE: Oliver! at The Plaza Theatre. OPERA: Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, Arabella, Roméo et Juliette, Transformations and Dialogues des Carmélites at IU Opera & Ballet; Rinaldo and The Rape of Lucretia at Butler Opera Center, U.T. Austin; L’elisir d’amore at Lyric Opera San Antonio. CONCERT SOLOIST: St. John Passion with The Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble (AVAE); Liebeslieder Walzer with the San Antonio Chamber Choir; Die Schöpfung, Die Jahreszeiten, Israel in Egypt, Serenade to Music and Requiem (Mozart) with The Texas Choral Consort. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Voice/Opera Performance, M.M. from The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington.

PAUL SANCHEZ (Bishop of Digne/Ensemble) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Speeding Motorcycle. OPERA: Turandot, Il Travatore, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Romeo and Juliet, Verdi’s Falstaff and 50 Year Celebration with Renee Fleming, Brian Tuttle and Sir Elton John at Houston Grand Opera; La Traviata, Turandot, Cosỉ fan tutti and Dead Man Walking at Austin Lyric Opera. OTHER CREDITS: Soloist and choir member at Riverbend Church and Opera Group Margot. Paul also sings with different R&B and rock bands in the Austin area.

NICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ* (Inspector Javert & Dance Captain) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Love! Valour! Compassion!, and Master Class. BROADWAY: Tarzan. OFF-BROADWAY: Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Collette Collage and Bajour. NATIONAL TOURS: Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Hair. REGIONAL THEATRE: Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award), My Fair Lady and Light in the Piazza at Arena Stage; The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre; Cinderella and Jesus Christ Superstar at NSMT; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at St. Louis MUNY; Damn Yankees at the Paramount Theatre; South Pacific and The King & I at Casa Mañana. FILM: Sex in the City II (also soundtrack). TELEVISION: Mr. Rodriguez is perhaps best known for his portrayal of "Nick Chavez" on ABC’s One Life to Live, for which he received a GLAAD Media Award. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Artistic Director of Broadway Dreams Foundation; B.M. and M.M. in Vocal Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. www.thenickrod.com

WILL SENDERA (Gavroche) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Ragtime. ZACH PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL: 50 Years of Broadway. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Bike Safety Video for the City of Austin. Will is a 4th grader in the Austin Independent School District. He studies voice with Tristi Tobias and Melanie Brown, dance at Tapestry Dance Studio and has studied acting, voice and dance in ZACH’s Performing Arts School.

AMANDA SERRA (Young Prostitute, Ensemble) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Ragtime. OFF-BROADWAY: Tombstone: The Legend of Wyatt Earp in the Midtown International Theatre Festival at The June Havoc Theatre and Wasteland! The Musical (Miranda) for The 4@15 New Musicals at the Roy Arias Theater Center. REGIONAL: Oklahoma! at CB Mountain Theater. OTHER THEATRE: Sweeney Todd and From Berlin to Broadway at the Frederick Loewe Theater; Godspell, The Fantastiks and Company at the Dell Performing Arts Center; Swing at SummerStock Austin. OPERA: Cosỉ fan tutti at the Frederick Loewe Theater. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Guitarist and songwriter; B.M. in Vocal Performance with Specialization in Musical Theatre from New York University.

BEN SKAGGS (Gavroche) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Ragtime. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Nutcracker, Not Afraid of the Dark and La Sylphide with Ballet Austin. OTHER THEATRE: Annie Get Your Gun with Theater at the J and Gigglehouse Live! with ZACH Pre-Professional School. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Ben is a 7th grader at Murchison Middle School.

RYAN SMITH (Wigmaker, Old Beggar Woman, Ensemble, Fantine & Mme. Thénardier U/S) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella. REGIONAL THEATRE: City of Angels at The Colony Theatre; Peter Pan, Oliver! and The Sound of Music at Theatre Under the Stars. OTHER THEATRE: Baby at Austin Theatre Project; Hello Dolly!, Once Upon a Mattress, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line and various local concerts of The Art of the American Song. OTHER: Graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC.

GRACEE STREET (Young Cosette) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. THEATRE: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery), Suessical The Musical (Mayzie), Alice in Wonderland (Caterpillar), The Aristocats (Scat Cat), Annie (July) and Cinderella (Anastasia) with Tex-Arts. FILM: Television Dreamland (Angel) with Uno Cero Dos Productions. BALLET: The Nutcracker (Clara) and Sleeping Beauty (Young Aurora) with Tex-Arts Youth Ballet Theatre. OTHER CREDITS: Member of Tex-Arts Broadway Company.

SARAH VASILAS (Assistant Choreographer/Ensemble) – joins ZACH Theater for the first time after performing in New York City for the last 10 years. BROADWAY: Broadway Cares. REGIONAL THEATRE: Cirque Du Soleil, West Side Story, Agamemnon and Save The Last Dance. FILM: Step Up 3D, Bollywood Feature Films. TV: Nokia, AT&T and Time Life Music commercials. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Beyonce; The Middle Eastern International Film Festival in Dubai; Xbox Live, Ne-Yo; NYC’s Fashion Week Choreographer/Dancer; Pepsi International Swing and Lindy Choreographer/Dancer; Hip Hop Film Festival; Dance Spirit Magazine; Carmen Electra Las Vegas and Princess Cruise Line Theater Productions. OTHER: Magna Cum Laude from The College of Santa Fe, dance performances and studies in Zimbabwe, Africa, and represented by MSA NYC Agency.

KEITH J. WARREN* (Bamatabois, Grantaire, Ensemble) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. REGIONAL THEATRE: Carousel (Billy Bigelow), The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Valentin), Legally Blonde The Musical (Warner), Flora, the Red Menace (Harry Toukarian), The Rocky Horror Show (Frank N’ Furter), The Most Happy Fella (Clem), Damn Yankees (Rocky), R&H’s Cinderella (Prince Christopher), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), La Cage Aux Folles (Jean-Michel) and "Gaston" in numerous productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. VENUES: Casa Manana, Lyric Stage, WaterTower Theater and Artes de la Rosa in Dallas/Fort Worth; ONSTAGE in Bedford and Jefferson Performing Arts Society in New Orleans. OTHER: A native of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Follow Keith J. Warren - Facebook/Twitter.

STEVE WILLIAMS (Babet, Ensemble) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Ragtime (Harry Houdini) and Rent (Benjamin Coffin III). REGIONAL THEATRE: Sleeping Beauty at the Vortex Repertory Theatre; Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Hello Dolly!, A Few Good Men, Lend Me a Tenor and Evita at Georgetown Palace Theatre. OTHER THEATRE: Incident at Vichy and Blood Brothers with Trinity Street Players, Songs for a New World, Oklahoma!, Pirates of Penzance, The Miracle Worker and Grease.

*=Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

About the Artistic Staff

MATT LENZ (Director) – AT ZACH THEATRE: God of Carnage, Aida, Love! Valor! Compassion! and Dirty Blonde. BROADWAY: Hairspray (Associate Director), Catch Me If You Can (Associate Director), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Resident Director for Broadway and Tours) and WICKED’s 5th Anniversary Celebration at the Gershwin Theater. Matt also directed the Hairspray National Tours and companies in South Africa, the UK, Toronto, Las Vegas and Germany and the National Tour of Catch Me If You Can. OFF-BROADWAY: The Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse), Idaho! (New York Music Theatre Festival ’08 – "Best Show of Festival" and "Best Director" Awards) and Fingers and Toes. REGIONAL: Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Casa Manana, St. Louis MUNY, North Carolina Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Short North Stage, Forestburgh Playhouse and Stamford Center for the Arts. Matt is a teaching artist with The Broadway Dreams Foundation and will be directing the musical Pageant Off-Broadway this fall.

ALLEN ROBERTSON (Musical Director) – is an Emmy Award®-winning co-creator of the PBS children’s show The Biscuit Brothers, as well as a co-producer, performer, writer, educational director and composer for the show. Allen is an award-winning musical director, composer, playwright, actor, director, sound designer and musician, and has worked on hundreds of productions from Chicago to Japan - including 21 years of shows at ZACH Theatre. New York credits include Radio City Music Hall and the Off-Broadway run of The Flaming Idiots. As a vocalist, he can be heard on several Disney Records, as well as on television and radio commercials. Additionally, he is a writer and composer with credits including many musicals, plays, television episodes, film scores and a ballet. He has been recognized by the City of Austin, the State of Texas Legislature, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Texas Music Educators Association, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Parenting Publications for his contributions to the arts.

GREG GRAHAM (Choreographer) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. Most recently he choreographed Ragtime in Concert at Lincoln Center. FILM: State of Play. TELEVISION: Ugly Betty and VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. OFF-BROADWAY: Motel Rasdell, Finks and Tio Pepe. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Somewhere starring Pricilla Lopez, Broadway Bares, Rockers On Broadway, Spring Awakening, The Merry Widow, The Full Monty, On The Town, Assassins and The Maccabi Games Opening Ceremony at Madison Square Garden. As a performer, Mr. Graham was seen on Broadway in the casts of Fosse, Chicago, Hairspray, Never Gonna Dance, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Billy Elliot (Resident Choreographer).

CLIFF SIMON (Scenic Design) – has designed ZACH Theatre productions of One Night with Janis Joplin, 33 Variations, White Christmas, Dividing the Estate, Hair, The Grapes of Wrath, Present Laughter (B. Iden Payne Award), Seussical The Musical and House Arrest. He also designed in New York City at the Truck and Warehouse Theater, Lamb’s Club, Playwright’s Horizons and T. Schreiber Studios; in New Jersey at the George Street Playhouse; at the Cleveland Play House; in Austin for Tapestry Dance, Rude Mechs and the Zilker Hillside Theatre; in Florida at the Riverside Theatre and Maltz-Jupiter; in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street; in Montana at Bigfork; and in Birmingham at Birmingham Children’s Theatre and at UAB, where he teaches Scene Design. He has also designed edibly painted cakes for the likes of Diana Ross and Madonna. www.CliffCakes.com.

MATTHEW WEBB (Lighting Design) – is in his third season as ZACH Theatre’s Lighting Supervisor. AT ZACH THEATRE: One Night with Janis Joplin, Harvey, Goodnight Moon, Deep in the Heart of ZACH (featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell) and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. REGIONAL THEATRE: One Night with Janis Joplin at San Jose Repertory Theatre; The 39 Steps, A Raisin in the Sun, Hamlet, Frost/Nixon, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Elephant Man, Doubt, Bertrand Priest and It Happened in Little Rock (cover of American Theatre, Dec. ‘07) at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Boeing-Boeing at Phoenix Theatre. OTHER THEATRE: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Side by Side by Sondheim at Stephen F. Austin State University; Kate Crackernuts, The Magic Flute and Sleeping Beauty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. www.matthewwebblighting.com

WHITNEY ADAMS (Costume Design) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. OFF-BROADWAY: LoveSick. FEATURE FILM: Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (Costume Design Assistant). WEB SERIES: Common Sense Police, From Adam. NYC THEATRE: Tonight at 8:30 at Guild Hall, SeXcurity at IRT, Chekhov’s Swan Song for the Russian Arts Theatre Company, Phish New Years Eve Concert 2012 and 2013 at Madison Square Garden, New Visions and New Voices festivals at the New School for Drama, Distance and The Seagull at Columbia University, Follow Me Down at Aporia Theatre, The Terrible Girls for the NYC Fringe Festival. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Degree from U.C. San Diego. www.whitneyadams.com.

WILLA KAYE WARREN (Hair Design Ensemble Cast) – won a 2012 Austin Critics’ Table Special Citation Award for "Monumental Tease" for her hair designs on ZACH’s production of Hairspray. She has also designed hair for ZACH’s productions of One Night with Janis Joplin, White Christmas, Ragtime, Xanadu, Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, The Drowsy Chaperone, Caroline, or Change, Keepin’ It Weird, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Aida, Cabaret, Always...Patsy Cline, Beehive, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Dirty Blonde, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors, Jelly’s Last Jam, Master Class, Jouét, A Streetcar Named Desire, Evita, The Rocky Horror Show, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Angels in America, Tommy, Blues in the Night, The Taffetas, The Piano Lesson, Jack and Jill, Ruthless! The Musical, A Christmas Carol, Beehive, Rockin’ Christmas Party (‘95-’05), Avenue X and Das Barbecü. Willa Kaye has been volunteering and working in the Austin arts community for more than 25 years.

SERRET JENSEN (Hair Design Principal Cast) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Mad Beat Hip & Gone, 33 Variations, Spring Awakening and Love, Janis. Serret is the owner of Wig Witch Studios and currently serves as the resident wig, makeup and special effects designer for Divergence Vocal Theater in Houston and BookPeople’s Literacy Camps for Children in Austin. Since 1995, Serret has created wig and makeup work for numerous productions with the Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Houston Ballet, Theater Under the Stars and the Society of Performing Arts, as well as several national touring shows.

CRAIG BROCK (Sound Design) – is ZACH Theatre’s Resident Sound Designer, in addition to working as a recording engineer and music producer since 1989. AT ZACH THEATRE: One Night with Janis Joplin, Megan Hilty in Concert, Harvey, Mad Beat Hip & Gone, Tru, White Christmas, Ragtime, Xanadu, Dividing The Estate, The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Next to Normal, Rent, Metamorphoses, The Drowsy Chaperone, Becky’s New Car, Our Town, Flaming Idiots, Spelling Bee, Love, Janis, The Grapes of Wrath, Let Me Down Easy, Shooting Star, Caroline, or Change, The Clean House, Altar Boyz, Porgy and Bess, Speeding Motorcycle, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella, Take Me Out, Rocky Horror, I Am My Own Wife, Urinetown, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Rockin’ Christmas Party and The Santaland Diaries. REGIONAL THEATRE: Evil Dead, City of Angels, Dream, Annie, The Music Man and Starlight Express. Album credits include: El Tri, Mana, Luis Miguel, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Guns & Roses, David Crosby, Stephen Stills.

SCOTT GROH (Properties Design) – joined the ZACH Theatre production team with One Night with Janis Joplin. NATIONAL TOURS: Fiddler on the Roof, Blast!, All Shook Up and Arthur Live!. REGIONAL THEATRE: Tuacahn Amphitheatre, The Lost Colony, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, SeaSide Music Theatre, La MaMa, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Porthouse Theatre.

CHANCE HARTMAN (Fight Choreographer) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. A friend of the Society of American Fight Directors, some of his past theatre credits include Raped Clarity at The Gemini Theatre; Les Liasons Dangereuses, Antigone, Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet, Fuddy Meers, A Christmas Story, Phantom and Macbeth at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. FILM: Rudderless, Lumberjack Man, Bigfoot Wars, Flutter, Parkland, Varsity Blood, The Last Light, El Guey, Momma Why Is the Dog Howlin?, The Good Samaritan, Asternauts, Age of Reason, Bad Kids Go To Hell, Out of the Darkness, Buck Wild and Butcher Boys. TELEVISION: Revolution, Killer Women and Lines, plus various commercials and music videos.

JOSHUA MILLER (Assistant Director) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time with this production. REGIONAL THEATRE: La Traviata at the Wolf Trap Opera Company; Le Nozze di Figaro, The Pagliacci Project and Turandot at Austin Lyric Opera. THEATRE: Orontea and New York Stories: Cradle Song with the University of Texas Butler Opera Center; The Rape of Lucretia and Little Women with Spotlight on Opera; Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Magic Flute and The Tender Land for Concord University; Don Giovanni and Iphigénie en Aulide with the Boston Opera Collaborative.; Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me Kate, Ruddigore and Merrily We Roll Along at College Light Opera Company. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas. www.directedbyjoshuamiller.com.

PAUL FLINT (Director of Production) – joined ZACH Theatre in 2008. He earned his B.F.A. from Shorter College and M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a focus on Technical Direction, Scenic Design and Arts Management. His theatre credits include the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY, Vitalist Theatre Company in Chicago, IL, and he is a founding member of Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside, FL. Paul is the author of Managing the Creative Mind: A Technical Director’s Process.

BLAIR HURRY (Costume Shop Manager) – is an Austin native and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in Costume Design & Technology. Her costume designs for ZACH Theatre include Fully Committed, The Santaland Diaries, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Metamorphoses and Shooting Star. ZACH’s Performing Arts School costume designs include Sideways Stories, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Farm to Market, Call It Courage and Brothers, Boyfriends and Other Criminals. Other local designs include Vampyress (Vortex Theatre), Parade: A Musical (St. Edward’s University), The Famous Rio Grande, The Trojan Women and Cabaret (University of Texas). Prior to ZACH, she built costumes for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Ohio Light Opera Company and STAGES: St. Louis. She also worked as Head of Wardrobe and Make-up for the national tour of Playhouse Disney’s The Doodlebops LIVE! and the 2008 national tour of The Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker. She is currently an active member of the local 205 IATSE union.

VICTORIA S. COADY* (Production Stage Manager) – joined ZACH Theatre in July of 2012 and hails from Boston, Massachusetts. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Rocky Horror Show at American Repertory Theatre’s OBERON; Xanadu, The Drowsy Chaperone, Striking 12, Body Awareness, Adding Machine: A Musical and [title of show] at SpeakEasy Stage Company; Producer for toUch Performance Art’s AcousticaElectronica in Boston and New York. OFF-BROADWAY: The Merchant of Venice in New York and the Royal Shakespeare Company, U.K. with Theatre for a New Audience; The Jew of Malta, Sore Throats and All’s Well That Ends Well with Theatre for a New Audience NYC. EVENT MANAGEMENT: Harvard Arts Medal 2012 presented to Tommy Lee Jones, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation launch event at Harvard University. OTHER CREDITS: Victoria served two years as a Liaison Committee Member for the New England Area Theater chapter of Actors’ Equity Association and participated in the negotiation of the most recent collectively bargained agreement for the region in 2011. Victoria is also volunteering as the Production Manager for the Human Rights Campaign-Austin’s 2014 Gala.

CATHERINE ANNE TUCKER* (Stage Manager - 8/13-10/27) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Stage Management for One Night with Janis Joplin, Mad Beat Hip & Gone, White Christmas, Ragtime, Dividing the Estate, Next to Normal, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins; Metamorphoses; Beehive; Rockin’ Christmas Party; Caroline, or Change; Porgy and Bess; Seussical the Musical; High School Musical and various special events. REGIONAL THEATRE: Much Ado About Nothing at Austin Shakespeare Festival and Cyrano de Bergerac at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. OFF-BROADWAY: Lapsburgh Layover and Be a Good Little Widow with Ars Nova, I Never Sang For My Father with Keen Co. and Sparkling Object with CPP. OTHER CREDITS: Special Events Manager for NAAP, Dusty Film Festival, and Ars Nova Benefit; workshop of new Peter Gabriel musical US with The Real Theatre Co. NYC; Theatre Arts B.F.A. with an emphasis in Stage Management from Southern Oregon University.

RUSTY CLOYES* (Stage Manager - 10/21-11/3) – serves as the Head of Stage Management for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, the Technical Director for the American Ensemble Theatre – a company that combines live music, dance and theatre – and annually stage manages for SXSW. REGIONAL THEATRE: Associate Production Manager at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, MA, and at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, a historic 4,500 seat theatre presenting entertainment acts from Broadway tours to musical concerts and everything in between; Stage Manager in Seattle with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Village Theatre and Seattle Shakespeare Company. He also toured nationally and internationally with the Flying Karamazov Brothers. OTHER CREDITS: Rusty received his M.F.A. in Theatre Production from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

SARAH CHAPMAN* (Assistant Stage Manager) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Assistant Stage Manager for 33 Variations, Ragtime and several concerts (Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, The Family Stone, etc). REGIONAL: Les Misérables, Fully Committed, The 39 Steps, Avenue Q, Annie, Same Time Next Year, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Chapter Two and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre Aspen); The Lion in Winter and Blithe Spirit (The Classic Theatre, San Antonio); How I Learned to Drive (Boston Center for American Performance) and Gilbert Is Dead (Shiningman Theatre Company, London). Sarah is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and holds a B.F.A. in Stage Management from Boston University.

CAROLYN MARKGRAF (Assistant Stage Manager) – AT ZACH THEATRE: Assistant Stage Manager for White Christmas; Assistant Stage Manager sub for Hairspray, Next To Normal and Dividing The Estate; Run Crew for Rent, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, August: Osage County, Spring Awakening, God of Carnage, The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project 10 Years Later, Xanadu, Ragtime, White Christmas, Mad Beat Hip & Gone and One Night with Janis Joplin. OTHER CREDITS: Carolyn graduated from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL, with a B.A. in Film. While in Florida, she served as a casting director on numerous productions.

ALAIN BOUBLIL (Author) – Alain Boublil’s first musical, La Revolution Française in 1973, marked his transition from songwriting to musical theatre and the start of his collaboration with Claude-Michel Schönberg with the hit album that became the first ever staged French musical. His idea of writing a musical version of Les Misérables brought them together again in 1978. The acclaimed show was written over a two-year period and recorded as an album before its opening at the Palais de Sports in Paris in September 1980. In 1983 Mr. Boublil met Cameron Mackintosh, which led to his first London production Abbacadabra (a musical fairy-tale set to ABBA music) and to working with Claude-Michel and directors and writers on the English language adaptation of Les Misérables. The show has subsequently opened in 19 countries and 14 languages. Among the many awards Mr. Boublil has received were two Tony Awards in 1987 for "Best Score" and "Best Book" for the New York production and a 1988 Grammy for the "Best Original Broadway Cast Recording," which he co-produced with Mr. Schönberg. Miss Saigon opened on September 20, 1989, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London and on April 11, 1991, in New York. The show has also played in Tokyo, Toronto, Sydney, Australia and Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Boublil will maintain a close association with all the international productions of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon while working with Schönberg on the screenplays for motion picture versions of both musicals.

CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG (Author) – is a successful record producer and songwriter who began his collaboration with Alain Boublil in 1973, writing the very first French musical, La Revolution Française. Mr. Schönberg played the role of Louis XVI in that production and also co-produced the double-gold record album of the show. In 1974, he recorded an album, singing his own compositions and lyrics, which included the Number One hit single "Le Premier Pas." In 1980, after two years’ work on the score, Mr. Schönberg and Mr. Boublil’s musical Les Misérables opened in Paris, where it was seen by more than 1.5 million people. In 1983, Mr. Schönberg produced an opera album in Paris with Julia Migenes Johnson and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Following work on the London production of Les Misérables (the 3rd longest running musical in British theatre history), Mr. Schönberg co-produced the double-platinum London cast album and became involved in casting all the major overseas productions of the show, including the American, Japanese and Australian companies. He won two Tony Awards, for "Best Score" and "Book," for the Broadway production of Les Misérables and a Grammy Award for the "Best Original Cast Recording," which he co-produced with Mr. Boublil. His score for Miss Saigon was again written in collaboration with Mr. Boublil. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and again bringing together many members of the creative team behind Les Misérables, Miss Saigon opened with huge success at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London in September 1989, in New York in April 1991, in Tokyo in May 1992 and in Chicago (the first national U.S. tour) in November 1992. Now Claude-Michel is back at the keyboards, composing their next musical, Martin Guerre.

HERBERT KRETZMER (Lyrics) – born in South Africa, came to London in 1954, and has since pursued twin careers as a newspaperman and songwriter. He was a feature writer at the Daily Sketch and a profile writer at the Sunday Dispatch. He joined the Daily Express in 1960 and later became its drama critic, a post he held for 18 years. Since 1979 he has been writing TV criticism for the Daily Mail and has won, in this capacity, two national press awards. As a lyric writer he wrote weekly songs for BBC-TV’s That Was The Week That Was. He won an Ivor Novello Award for the Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren comedy song "Goodness Gracious Me." Other award-winning lyrics include two written for Charles Aznavour: "Yesterday When I Was Young" and the chart-topping "She." Mr. Kretzmer wrote book and lyrics for the West End’s Our Man Crichton, which starred Kenneth More and Millicent Martin, and lyrics for the Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s The Four Musketeers. He also supplied lyrics for the Anthony Newly film Can Heironymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness? Tony Award, 1987, Best Score, Les Misérables.

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Musical Director/Keyboards Allen Robertson
Keyboard 1 Jason Connor
Keyboard 2 Susan Finnigan
Alto Flute, Alto Recorder, Flute, Piccolo Kristine Reaume
Oboe/English Horn Rebecca Haskins
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Tenor Recorder Dan Torosian
Violin Paul Robertson
Viola Miranda Steinle
Cello Hector Moreno
Bass Brad Shelton
Trumpet Rick White
Horn Barbie Van Horn, Lauren Piccione, Rose Valby
Trombone Ken Mills
Percussion Arnie Yanez

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Based on the novel by VICTOR HUGO
Orchestrations by JOHN CAMERON
Directed by MATT LENZ
Musical Direction by ALLEN ROBERTSON

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