ROLES

Javert

Male, Lead, Baritone (Bari-tenor)
Characteristics: depth of sound; a bit darker sound; commanding presence; F# above mid C (F#5)

Fantine
Female, Lead, Mezzo-Soprano
Characteristics: needs developed chest voice with access to chest/head mix; should be a vocal contrast with Cosette; both refined and rough – shows great vulnerability; ages quickly – reflected in vocal quality

Cosette
Female, Lead, Soprano
Characteristics: lighter sound, purity/innocence, head voice dominant, floating high C (C6)

Éponine
Female, Lead, Mezzo-Soprano
Characteristics: developed chest voice; contrast with Cosette’s character and sound; both refined and rough – vulnerability, youth; strong singer with harmony/ensemble parts

Jean Valjean
Male, Lead, Tenor
Characteristics: must be able to command the stage; character moves from desperation of youth to elder statesman and death – big transformation; needs well developed falsetto, the ability to easily move from full voice to falsetto, as well as full voiced A above mid C (A4)

Marius
Male, Lead, Tenor
Characteristics: youthful, lighter sound with lyric quality; need comfortable G above mid C (G4)

Thenardier
Male, Supporting, Baritone
Characteristics: character role; quality of sound should be a contrast to other male leads; grittier sound; comic element, quirky, interesting

Madame Thenardier
Female, Supporting, Mezzo-Soprano
Characteristics: character role; quality of sound should be a contrast to other female leads; grittier sound; comic element, quirky, interesting

Gavroche
Male, Supporting, Tenor (boy soprano)
Characteristics: boy; contrast with all other male leads – sound of a youth; tough guy with vulnerability of youth

Enjolras
Male, Supporting, Baritone
Characteristics: youthful, lighter sound with lyric quality; leader of the rebellion; needs comfortable F-G above mid C (F4-G4)

Bishop of Digne
Male, Featured, Baritone (Bass)
Characteristics: older character with darker vocal quality; the saint offering mercy – transformational for JvJ; needs low A (A3)

Young Cosette
Female, Featured, Soprano
Characteristics: young girl; clear/clean sound as contrast with all other female leads – vulnerability of youth

Combeferre, an ABC Café Student
Male, Featured, Baritone
Characteristics: see Enjolras

Feuilly, an ABC Café Student
Male, Featured
Characteristics: see Enjolras

Courfeyrac, an ABC Café Student
Male, Featured
Characteristics: see Enjolras

Joly, an ABC Café Student
Male, Featured
Characteristics: see Enjolras

Grantaire, an ABC Café Student
Male, Featured
Characteristics: see Enjolras

Lesgles, an ABC Café Student
Male, Featured
Characteristics: see Enjolras

Jean Prouvaire, an ABC Café Student
Male, Featured
Characteristics: see Enjolras

Farmer
Male, Ensemble

Farmer’s Wife
Female, Ensemble

Foreman
Male, Ensemble

Factory Girl
Female, Ensemble

Crone
Female, Ensemble

Souteneur
Male, Ensemble

Bamatabois
Male, Ensemble

Young  Éponine
Female, Ensemble, Spoken

Members of Thenardier’s Gang
Male, Ensemble

French Soldier
Male, Ensemble

Major Domo
Male, Ensemble

EnsembleTHE ENSEMBLE IS VERY IMPORTANT

Many of the most memorable, inspiring moments of the show involve a powerhouse chorus.

Factory girls
Chorus – poor, workers
Chorus – Lovely Ladies
Chorus – Inn customers
Chorus – Beggars
Chorus – People’s Song
Chorus – One Day More
Ensemble – students/revolutionaries
Chorus – Women
Wedding Guests
Chorus – Finale

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