Spokane Civic Theatre
It’s true! Spokane Civic Theatre will be opening it’s 2013-14 season with Les Miserables. Only a select number of theatres nation wide have been given permission to produce the show and we were chosen!! Oh, the excitement.
We did a quick question and answer with Yvonne AK Johnson, Executive Artistic Director, and here’s the latest 411:
Spokane Civic Theatre Blog: Will you be directing this production of Les Miserables?
Yvonne AK Johnson: Yes, I will be directing this production. It has been a discussion for quite some time with our other musical theatre directors in the area that have expressed interest in auditioning instead of being considered to direct. It is an incredible opportunity to have the privilege to tell this story at Spokane Civic Theatre. I just directed The Count of Monte Cristo at Civic this past winter which takes place during the same time period in France and am looking forward to the challenge. The Count of Monte Cristo is Civic’s highest grossing play and we hope that Les Miserables will be equally well received by our audiences.
Spokane Civic Theatre Blog: Why did you choose Les Miserables?
Yvonne AK Johnson: Winner of eight Tony awards, Les Miserables came to the forefront of musical theatre 27 years ago and has been a production that has made a great impact on society as a whole. Based upon French author Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, its central themes remain relevant today and the music has transcended audiences around the world.
Spokane Civic Theatre Blog: What’s your favorite part of Les Miserables?
Yvonne AK Johnson:This is a difficult question to answer. To be fair, it has been and always will be one of my favorite musicals in its entirety. Not many have compared to this.
Spokane Civic Theatre Blog: And how did you get Spokane Civic Theatre on the short list to do this production?
Yvonne AK Johnson: Much like securing the performance rights for White Christmas, I have been working to secure the performance rights for Les Miserables for over three years. The publishing house, MTI, chose Spokane Civic Theatre to be one of the first community theatres in the state to produce the full version. While the tours were completing their runs, MTI released Les Miserables Jr. which has been and is being produced as well in our Spokane area high schools.