For over a decade Young Actors’ Theater (YAT) has provided budding thespians with the opportunity to learn their craft and present some of the world’s most beloved musicals right in San Diego’s own East County. Young actors from elementary school to college level have the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of appreciative audiences. This summer the troop will perform one of the most challenging musicals of all, Les Miserables. The show will be presented at Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater between July 25 and August 4, with evening performances at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
This Thursday, July 11, 2013, several of the talented young cast members will appear on Sam’s Diego Show, an hour-long radio and Internet show hosted by Sam “Diego” Mejia. Jean Isaac, Executive Director of Young Actors’ Theater and director of Les Miserables, will be joined by Gerardo Flores (Jean Valjean), Shannon Prendergast (Fantine), Isabella Lenhoff (Cosette), Daniel Castro (Marius) and Katee Drysdale (Eponine). Isaac and the cast will talk about the upcoming production and share some of the music from the show.
“Working together with Gerardo, Perry (choreographer Perry Lee, who plays Javert), Isabella, Jim (musical director Jim Tompkins Maclaine), and the entire highly talented cast on this show has been a real personal and professional dream for me,” said Isaac. “And we are very much looking forward to taking the stage for the audiences. This is a highly talented and innovative cast that brings to life 19th Century France in this truly classic piece of musical theatre.”
Earlier this summer Isaac and several cast members appeared at the San Diego County Fair, thrilling audiences with Javert’s “Stars,” Fantine’s “I Dreamed a Dream,” Young Cosette’s “Castle on a Cloud,” Eponine’s “On My Own,” the Cosette-Marius-Eponine trio “A Heart Full of Love,” and the Marius-Eponine duet “A Little Fall of Rain.” On Thursday night the cast will again perform “A Heart Full of Love” as well as the haunting duet “Fantine’s Death.”
Sam’s Diego Show, hosted by Sam “Diego” Mejia, broadcasts on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. PT on KRLY 107.9 FM and TheMountainFM.com. The show presents the “hidden treasure in the heart of San Diego,” with a generous supply of local musical talent. As San Diego’s unofficial “Goodwill Ambassador” for East County, Mejia appears at local events, festivals and parades in addition to his on-air duties.
The YAT production of Les Miserables will be presented at Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon on July 25-27, and August 1-3 at 7 p.m. and July 28 and August 4 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for students and seniors and $18 for adults for advance purchase and $20 at the door. For ticket information, visit www.yatsandiego.org or call the Young Actors’ Theatre box office at 619-670-1267.