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USD Theatre presents the acclaimed musical Les Miserables

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents the long-awaited musical, “Les Misérables,” (book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer) Nov. 21-25, in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

“Les Misérables” is a multi-award-winning musical based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. Audiences throughout the world have been drawn into the compelling story of redemption, obsession, revolution, second-chances and social class for more than three decades. Featuring recognizable songs like “Do You Hear the People Sing” and “I Dreamed a Dream,” the story follows the journey of Jean Valjean (played by Steven Schaeffer of Sioux Falls, S.D.) from young ex-con and thief to his rise as a well-respected member of the business class. All the while, Javert (played by Ebrin Stanley of Houston, Texas), the tenacious, sadistic military police officer, tracks Valjean through city and country committing his life to exposing the truth about Valjean’s past. Young lovers, poor beggars, crooked bar-keeps, forgotten young girls and passionate students populate Valjean’s world, leading him to “pay forward” the grace given him years before in darker days.

Because of its immense popularity, permission for universities and similar producing companies has only recently been granted. USD Theatre is presenting one of the first university productions in the Great Plains under the direction and musical direction of Assistant Professor Matt Nesmith.“Les Misérables” is also presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International ( A photo of Stanley and Schaeffer as Javert and Valjean is available for download at

“Les Misérables” performs at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21- 23 and on Nov. 25, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen (62+) $10 K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD for students with ID and can be reserved online at by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 between noon and 5 p.m.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News