What: Showbiz Saturday: Behind Les Misérables
When: Saturday, January 5 from 10a-11a (adults) and 11:30a-12:45p (7th-12th graders)
Where: East Tennessee History Center
This is event is free. All student attendees must register below; the group will be limited to 45 students. The adult session is on a first come, first serve basis as space allows.
Tennessee Theatre’s Youth Arts Alliance introduces its first Showbiz Saturday, designed to provide an in-depth look behind the upcoming Broadway show, Les Misérables, for students in 7th-12th grades. There is also a session for adults of all ages.
Student Session: About his 1862 novel Les Misérables, author Victor Hugo wrote, "I don't know if it will be read by everyone, but it is meant for everyone." Rich, poor, old, or young, Hugo had something to say to every type of audience in the book that became one of the best-selling novels of all time. He had a soft spot, however, for students and the impact of minds at work. That same focus is mirrored in Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony and Oliver Award-winning musical adaption of the book. Learn more about both in this student-specific presentation, with its special focus on the process through which "Les Mis" transitioned from the page to the stage. Led by Teaching Artist and Musical Theatre Historian Dr. Kristin Stultz Pressley, the session promises to be informative, engaging, and, like Hugo's book, meant for everyone.
Adult Session: Seen by more than 70 million people in over 40 countries, "Les Misérables" is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning phenomenon that's been translated into 22 different languages. The current production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical masterpiece played Broadway for two and a half years before hitting the road in a National Tour that's given audiences nationwide a fresh take on a beloved favorite. What makes the show such a success? How did it go from the Victor Hugo's epic novel to "the Longest Running Musical in the World"? Dr. Kristin Stultz Pressley, a/k/a "Dr. Broadway," will answer those questions - and more! - in this deep-dive look at a production The New York Times called "thrilling, spectacular, and unforgettable."
Dr. Kristin Stultz Pressley is a Musical Theatre Historian. Awarded a Bruce Kirle Emerging Musical Theatre Scholar Award in 2012, Kristin has spoken at back to back BroadwayCon events in New York City and currently works as a Teaching Artist at theatres across the Southeast. In addition, she teaches on the Adjunct Faculty of Furman University (Greenville, SC) and serves as a Board Member of the South Carolina Children's Theatre. Learn more about her work at http://www.DrBroadway.com or by following @DrBway on Twitter and Instagram.