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SECT Adds Extra 'Les Mis' Performance

May 14, 2014, 4:55 PM by Jared Ransom

SECT Adds Extra 'Les Mis' Performance
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

One of the most iconic theatrical performances of all time will take the stage at the Orpheum Theatre one more time in a rare extra performance of Les Mis on Thursday.

"I remember early in the rehearsal period, I was going home and I say 'I can't believe I get to sing this score every day.'  It's so fantastic," actor Eric Parrish said.

It could be one of the last times you get to see this show so close to home before its return to Broadway.

"It's a classic tale; it's a tale that we thought we'd only get one shot to tell and it's something that we've waited years and years to tell," executive director Patrick Pope said.

Due to popular demand, the community theatre cast and crew of Les Miserables will take the stage one extra time in Sioux Falls.

"This cast deserved it. This is one of the most dedicated and talented groups of people that I've ever worked with, and I've done 30 or 40 different productions over the course of my involvement in theater," actor Brian Bonde said.

The show was scheduled for nine performances, but for only the fourth time in the 12 years of the Sioux Empire Community Theatre, the cast is putting on an additional show. It was an easy choice not just because of the show, but because of the crowd.

"Opening night, we were doing the finale of Act 1, One Day More, big number and everybody's on stage and the audience was on its feet before we even finished the number. It was 680 people clapping and you're still singing," Parrish said.

Each night, the performers took the stage in front of sold-out crowds making it clear they were a part of something special.

Once these performers take the stage, the passion for their craft shows, and for one more night, Sioux Falls residents can come see that passion shine.

"63 million people around the world aren't wrong. This is a wonderful play and a wonderful story," Bonde said.

If you would like more information on the show or any other production, visit the Sioux Empire Community Theatre website.

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