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Veteran actor to play Jean Valjean in QCT's Les Miserables

Veteran actor to play Jean Valjean in QCT's Les Miserables

4 months, 2 weeks ago from QCT

Joe Tokarz has been in more than 1,000 performances of the musical

After a national casting call, Quincy Community Theatre has signed professional actor Joe Tokarz to play the role of Jean Valjean in its thrilling 400th production and the world’s longest-running musical LES MISÉRABLES (July 17-27).

As part of QCT’s Guest Artist Program—designed to bring professional actors, directors, and writers to the Tri-States—Tokarz is slated to work closely with community volunteer actors throughout the rehearsal process and will host a special master class for aspiring actors and actresses.

An Illinois native, Joe Tokarz has spent the better part of the last five years performing in different productions of Les Misérables, including the 25th Anniversary National Tour, Paper Mill Playhouse, Drury Lane Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, & Beef and Board Dinner Theatre productions. With experience both as Jean Valjean & Javert, Tokarz has well over 1,000 performances under his belt of this iconic musical.

Tokarz also had the honor of appearing on the 2013 Oscars with the movie cast of Les Misérables performing “One Day More.” Other credits include Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway World Nomination-Best Actor), Dan in Next to Normal, and the Grand Inquisitor in Mary Zimmerman's Candide. As a devoted fundraiser for Autism Speaks, Joe runs yearly at Walt Disney World in order to raise money and awareness for such a wonderful cause.

"I am truly honored to be a part of this production, and bring this beautiful story of redemption and love to Quincy,” shares Tokarz. “Having performed in this show for years, the opportunity to share this story with this community and work with a production staff willing to make it their own and find the heart of this story makes me so unbelievably excited."

Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES, the world’s longest-running musical, sweeps its audience through an unforgettable tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France. Discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.

All remaining roles are open, regardless of prior experience. Those wishing to audition should call QCT to schedule a 15-minute audition appointment. Auditions for adults 18+ are May 17 from 2-7:15 PM, May 19 from 5-10 PM, and May 20 from 5-10 PM. A separate audition will be held Tuesday, May 27 from 4-8 PM for children who appear to be between the ages of 7-12.

Auditionees are asked to prepare 16-32 measures of a song from a musical and are encouraged to sing from the show. A piano accompanist will be available, so please bring sheet music if performing a song from a different Broadway musical. A free audition workshop will be held Saturday, May 17 for auditionees ages 18 and older. Those interested in attending the class must register by May 14.

Auditionees should also familiarize themselves with the script, online under ABOUT US: "Members and Volunteers." A password is required for access. A list of recommended audition songs, detailed audition requirements, and character descriptions are available at www.1qct.org.

LES MISÉRABLES is directed by guest director and Head of Education Brandon Thomsen, with vocal direction by Jillian Wagner Miller, music direction by Larry Finley, choreography by Cheryl Kaiser, scenic and lighting design by Technical Director Paul Denckla, and costumes by resident designer Anna Grywalski. Angela Ketteman serves as the Stage Manager and Katie Kraushaar serves as the Dramaturge. 

Tickets are $22, on sale June 23. To purchase tickets, visit 1qct.org, call the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209, or visit the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center.

For more information about Joe Tokarz, visit facebook.com/runtokarz.


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