SKIT brings ‘Les Miserables’ to stage, welcomes Broadway performer to Blount

Southern Kids in Theatre will present “Les Miserables” the legendary award-winning production, at Pellissippi Performing Arts Center on Friday, June 6, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, June 7 at 2 and 7 p.m.

There are over 400 custom- made Broadway-replicated costumes, special effects consisting of lighting, snow, and fog machines, over 400 pounds of dry ice and elaborate scenery, including over 500 pounds of barricades and bridges.

“Les Miserables” is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, and based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, which sweeps through three turbulent decades of 19th century revolutionary France. Full of romance, passion, suspense and humanity, it is also the story of one man, Jean Valjean, who is paroled from prison after serving 19 years on a chain gang for stealing food.

“Les Miserables” is the winner of over 50 international theater awards, including eight 1987 Tony Awards. It is the second longest running show in Broadway history. This blockbuster musical also showcases a Tony Award-winning score. It is a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $17 for children ages 10 and under. While SKIT is a family-friendly children’s organization, parental guidance is suggested for ages 12 and under, due to some language and themes. Saturday’s matinee will be adapted for the most child-friendly performance.

Tickets are available online at www.SKITproductions.net (a small per ticket processing fee applies), by calling 865-621-0216 or one hour prior to showtime at the door.

n SKIT is also getting ready for a very special summer guest instructor for the group’s summer workshop camp.

The acting, singing and dancing summer workshop camp will feature Broadway performer Kris Hazard as the guest instructor. He will be writing, directing and choreographing a special revue for the summer workshop, which will include all camp participants. He will also be directing the musical “Alice In Wonderland” with SKIT founder and leader Debra Lonsdale, and teaching tap dance.

This is Kris Hazard’s first time working with SKIT. In a press release, Hazard says he is very excited to work with such a talented group of young and up-and-coming performers and is happy to be particpating as part of the professional directing / instructing staff of SKIT in Maryville. Hazard said he hopes his experience and instruction will be a valuable contribution to the group.

Hazard has performed on the Broadway National Tour of “The Wizard of Oz” starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt, was part of the American Premiere cast of “Children of Eden” at The Papermill Playhouse and took part in the original cast recordings for both productions. He participated in the Broadway Theatre Project and received one year of training in tap dance with Gregory Hines and acting instruction with Julie Andrews.

Hazard graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, one of the nation’s leading performing arts conservatories, where he performed in various ballets. In the fall, he will be entering his senior year at Elon University, where he is pursuing a BFA in Music Theatre. He served as assistant choreographer for “Into the Woods” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” After his stay with SKIT, Hazard will perform in the North Carolina premiere of “Backwards in High Heels: a Ginger Rogers Musical,” at the Blowing Rock Stage Company.

For more information and to register for summer classes, call 865-621-0216 or visit SKIT online at www.skitproductions.net. Summer session begins June 17 and ends August 2.

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