Auditions for the role of Jean Valjean, central character in the Victor Hugo novel and the stage and screen musical, "Les Misérables," will be April 6 and 7.

Only recently released for full production by community theatres, Ardmore Little Theatre's July staging of "Les Misérables" will be among the earlier presentations among smaller amateur troupes.

The ALT production will be directed by Dell McLain of Durant. He served as Director of Theatre at Southeastern Oklahoma State University for 12 years and is now Chair of the Department of Art, Communication. He previously taught at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

"The role of Jean Valjean is very demanding, both in acting and singing," McLain said. "The character ages substantially during the play, so the actor must be versatile." Physically, the character is a strong man so the actor should appear robust. As a vocalist, the role requires a trained tenor voice with an approximate range of low A to high A.

"Since this show is sung throughout, the singing audition will also be the acting audition," McLain said.

Open auditions, only for the role of Jean Valjean, will be at the Goddard Arts Center in Ardmore starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, and continuing (if necessary) at 2 p.m. on April 7.

Those seeking the Jean Valjean role should come prepared to sing a song that shows off their voice, but should not be longer than two minutes. An accompanist will be on hand, so actors should bring sheet music or pre-recorded instrumental music.

ALT's production will be staged July 18-21 and July 25-27. Open auditions for all other parts in will be May 18-19. Rehearsals will begin June 3 and will run about three hours, Monday through Friday evenings.

Additional information on the auditions, the roles, vocal requirements or planned production can be obtained by contacting ALT at (580) 223-6387.