Les Mis

Photo courtesy of Steve Kinsella

Les Mis characters Cossette and Javair, portrayed by Della Carey and Aiden Schoch.

In 1993, Brentwood actor and director Steve Kinsella received two call backs for the lead role of Jean Val Jean in the Broadway production of “Les Misérables.”

Though he did not make the final cut, Kinsella has been intrigued by the show ever since, hoping to direct it himself someday. This month, he gets his chance.

From May 17 through 25, Kinsella’s Brentwood Teen Theater (BTT) will tackle this show as part of their 15th anniversary season and Kinsella is excited to finally bring it to his own stage.

“I feel the show is a melodious telling of a complicated tale in a uncomplicated way through the sheer genius of the composers,” said Kinsella.

All BTT teachers are award-winning professionals; no high school or college students direct or choreograph.

“One of the things we teach at BTT is singing on the breath, that is to say, the singers do not use nor need body microphones to be heard in the back of the arena,” said Kinsella. “We are proud to have many great voices in our current talent pool of actors.”

At Brentwood Teen Theater, actors ages 10 to 18 are taught audition skills, singing and acting techniques, and dance.

“My daughter has blossomed under the direction of Mr. Kinsella,” said one actor’s parent. “She has so much confidence now, and her skills have improved immensely . . BTT has provided her with new beautiful friendships that I know will last her a lifetime.”

Productions are May 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and May 25 at 2 p.m. Performances take place in the multiple- purpose room of Resurrection Ministries Lutheran Church, 1275 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. Kinsella will announce BTT’s summer show on the opening night of “Les Miserables,” and interested actors will be able to sign-up shortly after.

To secure priority seating tickets or for more information, visit www.brentwoodteentheater.com.

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