Les Miserables comes to Iona Performing Arts Centre from June 23

Sarah Copley 23 of Thornlands is working hard on her sad face after landing the role of Fantine in Savoyards’ production of Les Miserables.

The former jazz voice conservatorium singer and business law student said she auditioned for Eponine in the show and never imagined herself in the tragic role of Fantine

“It’s a heavy role and a very emotional one. I am absolutely loving doing it. It has been good to extend myself in this way,” she said.

At the recent ticket launch Director Robbie Parkin said he couldn’t imagine anyone else playing any other role in the Savoyards’ production.

“This is an epic musical that takes place over years. The characters appear and die off with some interweaving again. We see the children become adults. It has some of the most beautiful melodies every written and a lot of heart,” he said.

“It explores the themes of grace and redemption, forgiveness and unconditional love. Everyone deserves a second chance. It is sad and there are 29 deaths on stage but the audience goes away feeling refreshed. This musical took 15 years to become the overnight success that we see today,” he said.

Mr Parkin said this production offered a cast of 52 playing 190 roles.

“This involves a lot of costumes and there is a team that’s going strong on that. I have to honour all the teams in place in Savoyards that make my job easy and make me look good,” he said.

Other Redland performers include Hannah Johnstone of Wellington Point, Angela Schoemaker of Wellington Point and Graham Colenutt of Thorneside as ensemble members and Savannah Mearns, 9 of Thornlands as the young Eponine.

Les Miserables comes to the Iona Performing Arts Centre, Wynnum from June 23 to  July 7. Tickets are $50/$47/$28 and are available at savoyards.com.au Group rates are available.