There couldn't be a better time than now for Delaware theater companies to present "Les Misérables."
That's because this is the first year the rights have been made available to community theater.
And this Friday the Possum Point Players will become the first theater company to debut "Les Misérables" in the Small Wonder. The show runs through Oct. 6.
Considering this year marks Possum Point's 40th anniversary, it seems like destiny that the theater managed to nab the rights to "Les Misérables," one of the most famous musicals in history.
Director Kenney Workman is proud to lead Georgetown into uncharted territory with this French production.
"People have seen it professionally [on Broadway] and, of course, there is the movie that just came out recently," said Workman, a native of Georgetown who's relocated to Milford. "But in terms of a community theater production, this is their first opportunity to see this."
"Les Misérables," set in the early 1800s in France, is based around the character Jean Valjean (portrayed by Bob Fraizer) who starts out a prisoner and is then released. Valjean is on a quest for good, but along the way he's constantly bombarded by a police officer named Javert, who's intent on sending him back to prison.
"It's a sad story because there're lots of people who die in the play," said the 60-year-old Workman. "There's a line in the show that I think is the essence of it: 'To love another person is to see the face of God.'"
"Les Misérables" features a cast of approximately 60. It includes cast members from as far north as Middletown to as far south as Salisbury, Md.
"People who love to sing love the music of this show," Workman said. "When we had auditions for the show, I actually had 135 people try out."
Morgan Burris (cast as Eponine) is one of those folks whose chose to make the trek to Georgetown to be in the musical.
"I'm in love with the show and I can listen to the music over and over again," said Burris, 17, of Middletown. "It just doesn't get boring at all. When I heard that they were doing it, I was a little skeptical because I didn't know if they were going for an older cast or younger cast. But then I was like, 'Go for it. I want Eponine so bad.'"
Three days a week for the past two months, Burris has been making the commute to Georgetown. It's been a sacrifice, but she says it's been worth it.
Meanwhile, Workman is still thankful that Possum Point was able to get the rights for "Les Misérables," especially since there's no telling the next time they'll be able to present it after their final show on Oct. 6.
Page 2 of 2 - "It's going back on Broadway next March, so they've withdrawn the community theater rights again," Workman said of "Les Misérables." "They're not going to let anyone else do it for a good bit of time until it's off Broadway."
IF YOU GO
WHAT 'Les Misérables'
WHEN 7:30 p.m., Friday; 7:30 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Final show date is Oct. 6
WHERE Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown
COST $22 for seniors and students; $23 for adults
INFO Visit possumpointplayers.org or call 856-3460