Les Mis more than a “dream” for three Clear Fork students


A man imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. True love – and unrequited love. Scoundrels. Revolt and redemption. This and much more await those taking in the Mansfield Youth Theatre’s all-student production of Les Misérables School Edition at the Renaissance Theatre next weekend.

The play, set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, is based on the epic novel by Victor Hugo and features beloved songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream, “Bring Him Home,” and “One Day More.” Clear Fork-area residents will be in for an extra treat, as their own Tucker Boggs takes on one of the starring roles as Jean Valjean. Other Clear Fork students in the cast include Eli Novak as Enjolras and Cody Caudell as the Foreman.

Another Bellville resident, Gwyneth Jones, is also in the play.

“Our Mansfield Youth Theatre has developed a reputation for putting on incredible shows that showcase the region’s most talented young performers,” says Colleen Cook, Director of Marketing and Communications with the Renaissance Performing Arts Association. Although there is a rather large cast required for Les Misérables School Edition, one thing that does not play a role in this performance is age, Cook explains. “With recent productions such as Godspell, Singin’ in the Rain, Thirteen, [and] Hairspray Jr., the students have demonstrated that their youth does not in any way diminish their ability to undertake large-scale productions well.”

A cast, of course, is only as good as its director, and Cook states that this artistic leader is top-notch. “Mansfield Youth Theatre director, and Renaissance Teaching Artist, Dauphne Maloney directs this phenomenal production,” Cook says. “Dauphne’s work with student performers has propelled numerous students into careers in the arts, and has fostered a love of the performing arts in hundreds of students over her career.”

Musical theater lovers can attend the Les Misérables School Edition on April 15 at 7 PM, April 16 at 2:30 PM or 7 PM, or April 17 at 2:30 PM.

Mansfield Youth Theatre’s production of Les Misérables School Edition is presented as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Tickets are general admission and on sale now for $15 each at the Renaissance Box Office by calling 419-522-2726. Tickets are also available online at MansfieldTickets.com. The Renaissance Theater is located at 138 Park Avenue West in Mansfield.

The production is sponsored by William and Dotti Jilek.

By Fonda Kendrick

Bellville Star