The upcoming production of Les Misérables at County College of Morris (CCM) promises to deliver an outstanding performance with a cast and crew that includes more than a half-dozen veterans of the college’s stage with multiple credits on their acting resumes.
Two weekends of performances have been scheduled in the college’s Dragonetti Auditorium in anticipation of the show’s popularity. The performances take place Wednesday, October 30, through Saturday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m., and again from Thursday, November 7, through Saturday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. Matinees take place on both Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for CCM students, alumni and seniors ages 62 and over. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ccm.edu/Events
Included among the cast is Kelly Miller, 23, of Rockaway, a 2013 graduate of New York University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in classical voice performance, and a 2011 performing arts graduate of CCM. While at CCM, Miller performed in several college plays, including the lead female roles in Cinderella and Phantom of the Opera. “I wanted to do a show back at CCM,” said Miller, “and I love Les Misérables.” Miller is playing the lead female role of the adult Cosette. Earlier this year, she performed one of the two leading female roles in NYU’s production of The Marriage of Figaro.
Also returning to the CCM stage is Brett L. Petersen, 38, of Hopatcong, a former Navy petty officer and Iraqi Freedom veteran. A returning student at CCM studying electronic music, Petersen is playing several roles in Les Mis. His former theater credits include several CCM plays and regional productions of The Producers, Jekyll and Hyde and Oliver!
Victoria Smith, 51, of Flanders, who graduated from CCM in 1982 as a vocal performance major, is pleased to be returning to the college this time as a stage hand and “drama mamma.” Her two children will be playing roles in Les Mis, her son Ryan, 20, currently a musical theater major at CCM, and daughter Lilly, 13, a middle school student at Mount Olive Middle School. Ryan played the lead in CCM’s production of the Little Shop of Horrors last year.
Having met on the CCM stage in the production of Children of Eden in 2002, Christopher and Jodi Bosch of Hackettstown married and then had two children. In Les Mis, the couple will be returning to the CCM stage in two leading roles. Christopher, 35, is playing the role of Jean Valjean and Jodi, 40, is playing Madame Thénardier.
Adam Arnold, 32, of Succasunna studied music at CCM from 2000 to 2004 and has several CCM plays to his credit including Children of Eden and Annie Get Your Gun. In Les Mis, he will be playing several roles.
Serving as director for Les Mis is Professor Marielaine Mammon, chair of the Department of Music Dance and Performing Arts at CCM. CCM Professor Rick Edinger is serving as musical director and Professor Colleen McArdle as assistant director/choreographer.
Photo: A graduate of New York University’s classical voice performance program and County College of Morris (CCM) graduate, Kelly Miller of Rockaway will be playing the adult Cosette in the CCM production of Les Misérables.
Credit: Shelly Kusnetz Photography