Les Miz opens to standing ovation

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Pictured (L-R) from the Seaway Valley Theatre Company’s production of Les Misérables are Felicity Brown, as Cosette, and Michael DeWolfe, as Marius.

Roxanne Delage

CORNWALL, Ontario - There is still an opportunity to catch Seaway Valley Theatre Company’s production of, the epic musical, Les Misérables, which opened at Aultsville Theatre, to a well-deserved standing ovation, on Friday night.

There are many reasons that I recommend you catch this outstanding show while you can, starting with the absolutely beautiful music.

There are many outstanding individual performances, including Jim Malyon, as Jean Valjean, Kelsey Lee as Eponine, Lacie Petrynka, as Madame Thenardier, and young Liam Greer, a featured member of the chorus.

Together, as an ensemble, is where the cast shines most, with some very visually captivating and emotionally moving production numbers.

Bravo to the entire cast and crew, and, of course, to director Dave Barnes and music director Brian McCartney Les Misérables runs until February 14.

For further information, visit www.svtc.ca. Coming up, this spring for SVTC, is Moon Over Buffalo, from May 2 to 10. Local francophone group, Theatre de L’Amalgame, is proud to present Le gars de Quebec, by Michel Tremblay.

The play, based on Russian playwright, Gogol’s, The Government Inspector, examines the corruption going on in a small “backwards town” in 1953, Quebec.

The show runs February 21, 22, 23 and 28, as well as March 1 and 2, at Dreambuilder studio. Tickets are $13 or $15 at the door.

For further information, visit http://lamalgame.org. In conjunction with international V-Day celebrations, a local production of The Good Body, by Eve Ensler, will be staged on February 28, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Centre. For the last five years, the fundraiser had presented Vagina Monologues, but this year, they’ve changed things up.

“It’s a series of animated journal entries by Ensler, explains Abi Fontaine, who, along with Virginia Lake and Michelle Theoret, make up the three-hander which takes a look women’s issues, in particular “our preoccupation with our bodies.”

“It’s serious fun,” said Fontaine.  “You laugh, you cry, you look inside.” Doors open at 6:30, with a silent auction, featuring donations from artists, artisans and businesses, as well as live pre-show entertainment.

Tickets are $20 in advance (Cornwall Square on Feb 22 and at Strung out Guitars, at 601 Montreal Road) and $25 at the door. Proceed will benefit SASS Sexual Support Services for Women, locally, with a portion going to V-Day. For further information, call 613-932-1755 ext. 27.

Organizations: Seaway Valley Theatre Company, Aultsville Theatre, Theatre de L’Amalgame SASS Sexual Support Services for Women

Geographic location: Ontario, Buffalo, Quebec Virginia Lake 601 Montreal Road

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