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ISSAQUAH -- The French Revolution has arrived in Issaquah, at the Village Theatre. For the first time, the musical Les Miserables is performed on stage there, a dream 10 years in the making. Village Theatre's Artistic Director, Steve Tomkins, got the stage production rights and has put together his 30-person dream cast.

Just as important as the actors, is the set and lighting. Assistant Technical Director, Andre Burman, helped put together the elaborate set.

The barricade, made up of old wooden furniture, doors and stairs, weights 3,000 lbs, when the actors climb onto it, it weighs 5,000 lbs, Burman said. The goal was to capture the streets of Paris in 1832.

The story revolves around a Frenchman, Jean Valjean, as he is pursued by a French inspector while trying to regain the good name he lost after stealing bread to give to a child. Other characters include 3 child actors including 11-year-old Victoria Smith as little Cossette and 12-year-old Josh Feinsilber as Gavroche.

This is an amazing production, Smith said. I love working with the adults on stage.

Feisilber is also a 7th grade student.

I don't go on stage for the first hour and a half, so that's when I get my homework done, Feisilber said.

There are more than 250 different costumes for the musical. Most of them portray the poor people in Paris.

We actually paint dirt marks on the hems and sleeves, to make them more authentic, said Costume Designer Cynthia Savage. Some of the costumes were bought new and then ripped and marked up. That's what we did with Jean Valjean's vest, it was terrible to have to ruin it, Savage said with a laugh.

Performances run in Issaquah from Nov. 7 to Jan. 5, then the production moves to Everett for a run from Jan, 10 to Feb. 2.

For information about tickets, visit the Village Theatre s website.

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