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Congratulations to the DeLaSalle Theatre program, whose production of “Les Miserables” earned 19 awards from the Hennepin Theatre Trust SpotLight Education Program.   “Les Mis” played to packed houses over three weekends in March, one of six different productions (including two musicals) staged by the DeLaSalle Theatre program in 2017-18.

The success of the show sustains a multi-year run of critical acclaim for one of the bigger and best theatre programs in the state.  In the past three years alone, DeLaSalle Theatre has earned 54 awards from the Spotlight program for their Spring productions of “The Addams Family” (15 awards in 2016), “Urinetown” (20 awards in 2017)and now the 19 earned by the cast and crew of “Les Miserables” in 2018.

It’s no surprise to the hundreds who attended one or more performances of “Les Mis” that the collective cast and crew earned eight SpotLight Awards for:

  • Outstanding Honors in Overall Performance,
  • Outstanding Honors in Vocal Performance by an Ensemble
  • Outstanding Honors for the Overall Technical Team, as well as
  • Honorable Mention awards in Overall Production, Achievement in Musical Theatre, Ensemble Performance, Acting Performance by an Ensemble, and Light and Sound Board Operators

Several members of the cast and crew really shone.  The Theatre Trust also recognized eleven De thespians with individual awards, including each of the two leads:

  • Billy Rushman `19 received Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role as Jean Valjean
  • Nick Ericksen `20 also received Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role as Javert

Four members of the cast received Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role:

  • Juan Pablo Guillen `19 as Enjolras
  • Ali Thornton ‘19 as Eponine
  • Calvin Mattson `20 as Thenardier
  • Sullivan Rice `20 as Mme Thenardier

One member of the cast earned an Outstanding in Technical Leadership Award:

  • Jamie Wheeler `20 as Stage Manager

Receiving Honorable Mention for Performances in a Supporting Role were:

  • Jessica Wheeler `18 as Cosette
  • Gabe Goeddeke `20 as Marius

And finally, a special “Evaluator Shout-Out” was awarded to two cast members who played the role of Fantine and/or participated in the ensemble during the course of the show’s run:

  • Clara Coughlan-Smith `19
  • Rayo Daniel `20

The SpotLight program includes educational and evaluation resources for high schools across the state. As part of the Spotlight program, DeLaSalle is one of 94 high schools to receive critical evaluation of their school musicals each year by a professional theatre evaluator.  Several members of the “Les Miserables” production will perform in a SpotLight Showcase on June 11 at 7:00pm at the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis.

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