An alumnus of the Rainbow Stage Music Theatre Conservatory, and known for her clear, ringing voice, Colleen Furlan will once again tread the boards at Rainbow Stage, this time in the plum role of Cosette in the company’s July 2015 summer blockbuster – Les Misérables.
In 2012, Furlan dazzled television audiences with her sunny disposition, glorious voice, heart-felt acting, and genuine love of performing on CBC television’s Over The Rainbow.
Since earning her well-deserved spot in the show’s top four contestants, she has returned to Winnipeg to complete her Bachelor of Music at the world renowned Desautel Faculty of Music at the University of Winnipeg.
A well-respected emerging ingénue, Furlan’s live performance career has seen her grace the stages of The Pantages Playhouse, The Centennial Concert Hall, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and of course Rainbow Stage.
In keeping with the year of the emerging artist, Furlan will be joined by new-to-the-scene Winnipeg based actors Matthew Fletcher and Julie Lumsden.
Coltish, brooding, and dashingly handsome, Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Music from North Western University’s Opera Vocal Performance Programme and was last seen onstage in Kildonan Park as a youngster in Rainbow Stage’s 2007 production of The Sound of Music. He lends his soaring tenor voice to the role of Marius Pontmercy.
After making her debut in the ensemble of last season’s smash hit, The Little Mermaid, Rainbow Stage Music Theatre Conservatory alumnus and soprano Julie Lumsden returns to lend her incredible voice and poignant acting to the tragic role of Eponine.
As music theatre’s most notorious antagonists, internationally renowned opera star Aaron Ferguson will star as Jean Valjean opposite Rainbow Stage favourite Kevin Aichele as Javert.
Ferguson, also a competitive jiujitsu fighter, has made his mark on the international opera scene and is known for his intricate physical characterization and flawless comedic timing. He has performed at Opera de Quebec, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Royal Opera of Versailles, the Banff Centre, and Opera de Montreal to name a few.
Ferguson has also given command performances in Oman, where Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said summoned him to perform at the Royal Opera House of Muscat.
The silken-voiced, yet commanding and physically imposing Aichele returns to Rainbow Stage for his 13th season. No stranger to Winnipeg audiences, Aichele is best remembered for his portrayals of Kenickie (Grease), the Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Daddy Warbucks (Annie), and King Triton (The Little Mermaid).
Rainbow Stage is proud to announce the return of the hilarious Simon Miron after his virtuosic slapstick turn as Leo Bloom in last season’s The Producers. Miron will once again flex his comedic chops this time opposite Winnipeg actor Pamela Gordon as Monsieur & Madame Thenardier.
Paula Potosky will tackle the gut-wrenching role of Fantine, and Mike Cox returns to Rainbow Stage to take on the role of the hot-headed and passionate Enjolras.
Also in the cast are, Nelson Bettencourt, Andrea del Campo, Jacqueline Harding, Aaron Hutton, Brenda Gorlick, Nicollette Liwanag, James Magnus Jonhston, Darren Martens, Kevin McIntyre, Trevor Patt, Sam Plett, Jodie Potter, Jeffrey Pufahl, Wes Rambo and Catherine Wreford.
Les Misérables will be directed by Marcia Kash, with music direction by Rainbow Stage Music Theatre Conservatory alumni Joseph Tritt.
Les Misérables is a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on a novel by Victor Hugo. Music is by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Herberg Kretzmer. Original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel; adapted and originally directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Orchestrations by John Cameron; directed by Marcia Kash and conducted by Joseph Tritt.
With a preview July 8, the show opens July 9 and closes July 24.
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