MURFREESBORO — It was a record performance that drew record crowds to campus, as MTSU’s theatrical rendition of the award-winning “Les Misérables” sold out four consecutive shows inside Tucker Theatre.
The show — which ran from Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 19-22, wrapping up with a Sunday matinee — marked the first time the university sold out the expanded Tucker Theatre. It also marked the first time the university sold out four straight performances.
“‘Les Misérables’ is perhaps the best example of how MTSU Arts enriches the lives of the people we serve,” said MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee. “My congratulations to the cast and crew for a remarkable run of four consecutive sellouts.”
The show production was led by director Kristi Shamburger, a Department of Speech and Theatre professor, and musical director Raphael Bundage, a professor of vocal performance in MTSU's School of Music.
A crew of 25-plus and an 18-piece orchestra completed the team recreating the Paris Student Uprising of 1832 on a minimalist set with characters who've become household names from Victor Hugo's 1862 novel: Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, Fantine, Cosette.
College of Liberal Arts Dean Mark Byrnes applauded the community and student support for the show, which showcased a cast that included MTSU students and alumni as well as members of the surrounding community.
“Such a show wouldn’t be successful without community support, and I encourage the community to come and experience the other wonderful theatrical and musical offerings to come under the guidance of our outstanding faculty and staff,” Byrnes said.
The community can further support the arts by joining the MTSU Arts Patron Society, which offers various opportunities to enjoy special events, exhibits and performances. To find out how to join the Patron Society, visit www.mtsuarts.com and click on the Patron Society tab at left.
“MTSU Arts gives us a common brand to promote events like ‘Les Misérables’ with shared, coordinated marketing,” McPhee said. “And, it provides a way for supporters of the arts to show their support and appreciation for the fine works offered up by our talented faculty and staff.”