(Lakewood, NJ) -— Coming to The Strand Center for the Arts, for two days Friday, February 25th at 7:00pm and Saturday, February 26th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm the classic Victor Hugo (same author as the unforgettable The Hunchback of Notre Dame) tale comes to live on the stage, presented by Ocean County Performing Arts Academy.
Jean Valjean is released after spending 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. As a result, he is a bitter and desperate man. Due to the kindness of a Bishop, Valjean is able to find God and becomes motivated to be a good man. Eventually he rises to become the Mayor of Montreuil-sur-Mer and a factory owner. Unfortunately, he has also broken his parole and Javert, a policeman, is in pursuit of him.
As one of his workers, Fantine, is about to die, Valjean promises to take care of her daughter, Cosette. After Valjean purchases Cosette from the money-grubbing Thenardiers, (where she had been lodging), the show moves 9 years to the future where Cosette has become a woman. With the French Revolution ensuing, Cosette falls in love with a student revolutionary, Marius. After a battle, Marius falls unconscious in the sewer of Paris. Before Valjean dies, he manages to save Marius so that Marius and Cosette can be wed.
All seats are only $15.00 plus service charge. For more information call the box office at 732-367-7789 or visit the website at www.strand.org.