‘Cloc Musical Theatre’ Production of Les Miserables-
A Review by Michael E Thornley
My partner Kim and I had the pleasure of attending the Cloc Theatre Companies production of Les Miserables on 23rd May 2017.
It was in fact my first time at seeing Les Miserable live in a theatre production. And I must say that my introduction to Musical Theatre’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s historical novel ‘Les Miserables’ by the Cloc Musical Theatre was a delight to all my senses.
It is set in early 19th Century France … the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child.
Valjean then decides to break his parole and start his life again after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy and belief in him. Yet he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert.
Along the way, Valjean and a variety of characters are swept into yet another Revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
Whilst the Cloc theatre Company may be classified as a ‘Non Professional ‘ Musical Company, they attract many gifted and talented performers and production staff. And I share them all with you here.
(courtesy of Cloc Musical Theatre https://cloc.org.au )
Mark Doran – Jean Val Jean
Shaun Kingma – Javert
Kirra Young – Fantine
India Morris – Éponine
Daniel Mottau – Marius
Scott Hili – Thénardier
Melanie Ott – Madame Thénardier
Emily Morris – Cosette
Matthew Green – Enjolras
Ben Jason-Easton – Gavroche (alternating)
Lachlan Young – Gavroche (alternating)
Ava Rose Houben-Carter – Little Cosette / Little Éponine (alternating)
Charlotte Barnard – Little Cosette / Little Éponine (alternating)
Ian Andrew, James Ash, Ric Birkett (Bishop), Carolyn Bruce, Emily Crawford, Owen Clarke, Brent Dillon, Nicole Free, Lauren Holcombe, Michelle Hunt, Rachel Juhasz, Dion Kaliviotis, Jason Marrow, Lauren Mc Cormack, Todd Morgan, Elise Naismith, Amelia Ropé, Tim Ryan, Blair Salmon, Jon Sebastian, Allie Sutherland, Rachael Whitelaw, Robbie Wilton, Geordie Worland
Director – Chris Bradtke
Musical Director – Andy McCalman
Choreographed Movement – Wendy Belli
Costume Designer – Victoria Horne
Set Designer – Brenton Staples
Lighting Designer – Brad Alcock (BAAC Light)
Sound Designer – Marcello Lo Ricco (LSS Productions)
Make-Up and Wig Designer – David Wisken
Thus I would personally recommend that you do yourself the honour of experiencing a live production of ‘Les Miserables‘ wherever you may be situated around the world.
So for those of you living in Melbourne, Victoria Australia, make a booking NOW for ‘any’ production presented by the Cloc Musical Theatre Company! Their venue, the National Theatre in St.Kilda simply adds its charm to the ambiance of the performances.
I look forward to attending another production by the Cloc Theatre Company in the very near future.