‘Les Miz’ highlights ’13-’14 Season at Raven
The Raven Players announced this week that its 2013-2014 Season will include a rare full-length version of Les Misérables, the wildly successful musical play that is now a star-studded film.
“We are the first North Bay community theater to be granted the licensing to the full-length version of Les Misérables,” Raven Players president John DeGaetano said in a press release. “We’re very excited about this opportunity, and to share the news about the entire season. We’ll be celebrating our 10th season of wonderful community theater with our cast, crew, season subscribers, volunteers, and North Bay theater goers.”
The Raven Players have a recent history of acquiring the rights to plays that are particularly difficult for community theaters to get (Rent in 2010 and Chicago in 2011) and this new season again includes one of these rare opportunities.”
The slate will also feature performances of “A Street Car Named Desire,” and “Noises Off”.
Healdsburg Performing Arts Theater was organized in 2001 to raise funds to purchase Healdsburg’s historic Raven movie theater and convert the space into a community resource as a performing arts center. Since the purchase, and operating under the name Raven Performing Arts Theater, the theater now hosts community and professional music and dance groups, theater productions, uncommon cinema, and business meetings and events. The Raven is home to two performing groups: the Raven Players produce an annual series of plays as well as individual acting productions, and Philharmonia Healdsburg performs a series of classical music concerts.
The complete lineup for the 2013-2014 season includes:
· A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 for this classic tale of a fragile, fading Southern belle, when she moves in with her sister and brother-in-law in New Orleans.
· Noises Off – The hilarious and sexy play within a play, complete with fast-paced pratfalls, chaos, slamming doors, and the on- and off-stage antics of a mediocre acting troupe.
· Monique – Based on the film classic Diabolique, this rarely seen play combines mystery with terrifying suspense.
· Don’t Drink the Water – This early Woody Allen farce focuses on an American tourist, his wife, and daughter, who seek refuge in the American Embassy behind the Iron Curtain police suspect them of spying.
· A New Work (TBD) –The Raven Players are currently conducting a search for an original work written by a local playwright to include in this series.
· Les Misérables – The new movie version of this Victor Hugo musical is getting widespread buzz. Now local audiences can see the original stage version produced in their own backyard. The Raven Players production marks the 30th anniversary of the start of rehearsals for the original London production..