Les Misérables student edition thrills patrons at Evalino Productions


By Dr. Anton Anderssen


Evalino Productions entertained patrons with the student edition of Les Misérables during Thanksgiving weekend 2021 at Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton Michigan. Despite the epidemic, the 400-seat auditorium was amply filled. Directed by John Sartor, produced by Becky Turza, the musical was a great success.

Thirty-nine children, all age 18 and younger, comprised the cast.  The musical starred Ian Harnish as Jean Valjean, the protagonist of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables. The story depicts the character’s life-long struggle to lead a normal life after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his sister’s children during a time of economic depression.

The musical differs from the novel in many ways. The novel places a large emphasis on how many times Valjean escapes capture, which is probably too many times to be believable.  Valjean raises the ire and spleen of the Thénardiers, after gifting a doll to Cosette, but not Éponine and Azelma. Valjean does not turn himself in to the jury when they falsely accuse an innocent man of being escapee Jean Valjean.

There is enough to the musical to give it sufficient meat.  The omitted parts are the ones that really don’t matter so much anyway.  As an opus, there are incredible expectations on the cast’s talent.  The children are able to not only meet, but exceed these demands for talent.

Katie Temple triumphed in her role as Fantine, the tritagonist in Les Misérables. This role won Anne Hathaway the Oscar in the 2012 film, and the featured song “I dreamed a dream” won Susan Boyle worldwide fame on Britain’s Got Talent.

The production requied a massive effort for the wardrobe department. The costuming experts went out of their way to present an astonishing spectacle of peasant life in the late 1700s.  The animated backgrounds were superb, adding credence to the various locations which are represented in the storyline.

Evan Sartor gave a magical rendition of Monsier Thénardier, the trickster who lives on the edge of acceptable behavior.

Tickets to Evalino Productions’ Les Mis can be purchased online at https://www.canton-mi.org/439/Upcoming-Performances.

Evalino Productions 2021



Les Misérables Student Edition Cast 

Jean Valjean…..Ian Harnish 

Javert….Sammy Gharbia 

Fantine…. (Wed & Sat) Veronica Bonanni & (Fri & Sun) Katie Temple 

Bishop….. Reed Koesel 

The Foreman….Logan Larocque 

Bamatabois….Zach Farnsworth 

Little Cosette….(Wed & Sat) Kaylee Brackney & (Fri & Sun) Mary Smith 

Thénardier….Evan Sartor 

Madame Thénardier….E’Leena Bullock Young Eponine…. (Wed & Sat) Kaeya Skekhawat & (Fri & Sun) Emsley Paul 

Gavroche….Michael Dineen 

Eponine….(Wed & Sat) Sophia Mijat & 

(Fri & Sun) Autumn Paul 

Cosette…. (Wed & Sat) Aubrey McCurdy & (Fri & Sun) Riley Barbee 

Enjolras…..Kolbe Pierzynowski 

Marius….Spencer Goodman 

Featured Ensemble Members…. 

Lydia Cuthbert Polina Rabinovich Mia Kelleher Erin Owens Emma Crossman Layla Furnas Antoinette Yalo Nora Smith Paige Jurecko Piper Ryan Eva Mangan Anastasia Mangan Catherine LaPointe Maddy Gorczyca Samanjas Atre Anagha Vatul Nymisha Kondur Aashi Shekhawat Colin Mersino




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Dr. Anton Anderssen
Dr. Anton Anderssen has been published by USA Today, CBSnewsDetroit, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Mensa Bulletin, Broadway World, eTurboNews, Hawaii Tourism Association, HawaiiNews.Online, Michigan Journal, Examiner News and other news outlets. He won the 2009 first prize in journalism from the Detroit Working writers organization, founded 1900 as The Detroit Press Club. He graduated With Highest Distinction from Indiana University (Comparative Literature), earned a Juris Doctor degree (Wayne State University), attended post-doctorate graduate classes in anthropology (University of Michigan), and earned a post-doctorate graduate degree in cultural anthropology (Wayne State University). He is a former concert pianist with Indiana University School of Music and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He is a member of Mensa and several other high IQ organizations including Triple Nine Society, ISPE and The Prometheus Society. He specializes in high culture, and is of Scandinavian, British and Castilian heritage. He is The Supreme Historian for Knights of Equity, founded in 1895. He holds the legal title Lord of Hartforth in North Yorkshire, England, and is the direct blood descendant of the first Lord of Hartforth, documented in the Domesday Survey of 1086. He is the direct blood descendant of Plantagenet Kings of England and the Lords Kennedy of Scotland. He lives in Waikiki, Hawaii, Michigan, The Italian Riviera, London England, The Italian Alps, and Milan Italy. He is a docent at The Iolani Palace in Honolulu Hawaii, the only official royal residence in the United States.