Les Misérables – Iowa State University Theatre Production

Produced in cooperation with the Department of Music

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“The battle line between good and evil runs through every heart.”

Jean Valjean steals a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving child and serves nineteen years in jail before he breaks his parole and attempts to start his life anew. One of the world’s greatest stories of redemption.

April 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m.; April 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

Adults and seniors $24, students $16. Single tickets go on sale beginning September 15 through the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames or any TicketMaster. Tickets are also available at the door in Fisher Theater prior to performances. Advance purchase is strongly suggested.

The Cast

Jean Valjean – Evan Stenzel
Javert – Phillip Sears
The Bishop of Digne/Chain Gang – Joseph John Kobal III
Fantine – Kourtney Richards
The Foreman/Chain Gang – Jake Hinrichsen
Fauchelvant/Chain Gang – Wesley Tener
Young Cosette (4/10, 4/12, 4/18) – Kailey Gibbs
Young Cosette (4/11, 4/17, 4/19) – Carlee Carpenter
Thenardier – Christopher Kent
Madame Thenardier – Courtney Kayser
Young Eponine – Hailey Schneider
Gavroche – Ryan Henzi
Eponine – Bethany Berger
Cosette – Grace Chermak
Laborer/Sailor – Nathan Chambers
Pimp – Joseph Alan Smith

Thenardier’s Gang
Montparnasse/Chain Gang – Andrew Kille Smith
Babet/Chain Gang – Austin Farwell
Brujon/Chain Gang – Adam M. Mellerup
Claquesous/Chain Gang – Allen Tierney

Enjoras – Chris Spendlove
Marius – Wes Ketcham
Combeferre – Jace Hadish
Courfeyrac/Constable – Christopher Culver
Feuilly – Kevin Barron
Jean Prouvaire/Constable – Max Feinberg
Joly –  Zachary Fisher
Grantaire – Sam Johnson
Lesgles – T.J. Misseldine
Student/Bamatbois – Jake Hopson
Student/Sailor – Nathaniel Han
Student/Sailor – Ryan Battani
Teen Student – Ben Teske
Teen Student – Justin Wigdahl

Female Ensemble (Beggars, Factory Women, Prostitutes and Wedding Guests)
Vera Barkosky
Sarah Bennett
Meghan M. Berkland
Vivian M. Cook
Angelica Elkema
Kylie Erickson
Elena Foster
Samantha Koontz
Madeline Olsem
Erin Quinn
Alexandra Rundle
Jenna Sandquist
Julia Takemura
Taylor Troyer
Noel VanDenBosch
Hannah VanEvery
Anna Wulfekuhler
Emily Rozely Zapotocny
Jill Zmolek


Flute/Piccolo – Brianne Anderson
Oboe/English Horn – Marcy Ritchey
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Eb Clarinet – Irena Marcinkowski
Horn – Abby Crimmins, Connor West
Trumpet/Flugelhorn – Sarah McEntee
Trombone – Shelbi Weeks
Keyboard – Jacob Metzler, Dustin Miller
Bass Guitar – Mason Mathes
Drums – Ryan Pearson
Auxiliary Percussion – Rebecca Luksan
Violin I – Nathanael Hardy, Sara Jane Mildenstein
Violin II – Erik Olsen, Tzu-Han Tsu
Viola – Kaitlyn Chase, Alex Worman
Cello – Griffen Clark, Dan Harter
Conductors – Patrick Gagnon, Felicia Kraus

Creative Team

Director – Brad Dell
Scenic Designer – Rob Sunderman
Costume Designer – Kelly Marie Schaefer
Lighting Designer – Jim Trenberth
Music Directors – Patrick Gagnon, Donald Simonson
Choreographer – Valerie Williams
Stage Manager – Lauren Dursky
Assistant Stage Managers – Angela Burg, Katie Olsen
Assistant Director/Dramaturg – Brian Good
Assistant Musical Director – Felicia Kraus
Scenic Design Assistants – Breanna Kixmiller, Maggie Stites
Costume Design Assistant – Ariel Prosser
Props Masters – Lauren Dursky, Rebel Clodi
Wardrobe – Kayla Acsencio, Lauren Mallott, Renee Rathjen, Kelly Smith
Stagehands – Keegon Jackson, Kivan Kirk, Adam Kroksh, Jean-Luc Del Valle
Light Board – Marcus Cross
Sound – Brianna Alt, Jennifer Jarrell
Sound Board – Josh Jepson
Technical Director – Derek Hisek
Scene Shop Assistants – James Allender, Nikolai Argue, Rebel Clodi, Vivian M. Cook, Lauren Dursky, Christopher Kent, Katie Olsen, Bryce Poellet, Seth Rickard, Hannah Roberg, Kenneth Shibata, Justin Voga
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Kate Bruce, Linsey Heister, Eleanor Lofte, Lauren Mallott, Madeline Norris, Ariel Prosser, Noel VanDenBosch
Photography – Nancy Thompson
Poster Design – Mary Bendgen
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek


Production photos and headshots by Nancy Thompson.

Read about the repurposing of the Cedar Rapids Opera set from Don Giovanni for ISU Theatre’s production of Les Mis here!

Find out more about our sold out production in the Ames Tribune and Inside Iowa State.

Poster by Mary Bendgen