Les Miserables entertains

A standing ovation and rounds of applause greeted cast members from The Hawaii Children’s Theatre during curtain call Sunday night at Puhi Theatrical Warehouse following one of the group’s last performances of “Les Miserables.”

The theater company’s sold-out production of “Les Miserables,” which kicked off on July 18, culminated nearly six weeks worth of rehearsals and years of waiting to bring the acclaimed musical to the island.

Co-producer Debra Blachowiak said the steep price for the rights to produce the popular musical was something the small, community-based theater company could never afford in the past.

But the recent release of “Les Miserables” by Universal Studios opened a short window of opportunity for small community theaters, like The Hawaii Children’s Theatre, to produce their version of the musical at a reduced cost.

It was an opportunity, Blachowiak said, she could not turn down.

“The response that we’ve been getting has been absolutely amazing,” Blachowiak said after curtain call on Sunday.

The last four shows scheduled this weekend are sold out and Blachowiak said there are dozens of people on the waiting list for those shows.

Auditions for The Hawaii Children’s Theatre’s next production, The Sound of Music, are scheduled Friday, Aug. 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Monday, Aug. 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit The Hawaii Children’s Theatre website at: www.hawaiichildrenstheatre.com.

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