“Les Miserables,” under the direction of Center Stage Theatre’s Gary Scarpa, will be performed July 25 to Aug. 2 at Shelton High School.
The production will feature the Youth CONNection, the theater’s company of high school and college performers.
“Our cast of 50 talented young people have rehearsed all summer and are ready to bring this epic musical to the stage,” Scarpa said.
“Les Miserables” has won more than 100 international awards and become a global success on stage and screen, telling an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption against the backdrop of a nation seething with revolution.
Shelton residents in starring roles
The production will star Kyle Attanasio of Shelton, a recent graduate of Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), as the fugitive Jean Valjean; and John Corraro of Shelton, a Manhattan College senior, as Javert, the policeman obsessed with Valjean’s capture.
Attanasio is one of eight cast members who will perform in his last Youth CONNection production because he has reached the maximum age of 23.
“It is a dream to play a role like Jean Valjean,” he said. “Although it is bittersweet, I have enjoyed the past several years with his friends and working with the Scarpa family.”
Other Shelton residents in major roles include Casey Blohm as Enjolras, Fordham University junior Kayla Giampaolo as Eponine, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) graduate Justin Zenchuk as Thenardier, Boston University graduate Fiona Bryson as Madame Thenardier, and SCSU freshman Kathryn Twohill as Cosette.
‘An incredible nine summers’
Zenchuk, also appearing in his last Youth CONNection production, commented, “I would like to thank the Scarpas and the Center Stage organization for an incredible nine summers and for memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.”
Rounding out the cast of major characters are Derby residents Joshua Hahn, a senior at WCSU, as Marius, and Ali Dunne, a Villanova University freshman, as Fantine.
Scarpa said the production’s cast “has been with us for years, and they are all gifted singers and actors.”
Youth CONNection began in 1983
The Youth CONNection Players was founded in 1983 by Gary and Francesca Scarpa as a community theater group for high school and college students. It performs a classic musical each summer.
“The Youth CONNection has given thousands of young men and women the opportunity to hone their skills as performers and grow as people,” Scarpa said.
Youth CONNection members have given benefit performances for civic organizations and charitable causes around the state.
In 2005, the Scarpas also founded the nonprofit Center Stage Theatre in Shelton.
Performance times and tickets
Performances of “Les Miserables” will be at Shelton High’s Percy Kingsley Auditorium at 8 p.m. on July 25 and 26 and Aug. 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 2. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
For tickets and information call 203-225-6079 or go to www.centerstageshelton.com.