WCP Announces Les Miserables Cast

Waterloo – “The Waterloo Community Playhouse has cast over 40 local, talented actors in roles for its upcoming production of Les Miserables!

Discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.

Cast in Principal roles for the production are:

Brian McCarty (JEAN VALJEAN) is a veteran stage performer with both amateur and professional theatre credits. Some of his favorite roles include “Curly” in Oklahoma at CFCT, “Gary” in Noises Off at WCP and “The Governor” in Man of La Mancha at the St. Croix Theatre. Brian has performed in over 20 productions at WCP.

Jim Weaver (JAVERT) is an auctioneer from Hudson. He returns to our stage after appearing as the evil boss “Franklin Hart” in last summer’s production of 9 to 5 – The Musical. He has also appeared in shows at both the Des Moines Community Playhouse and the Ingersoll Dinner Theatre.

Nolan Baker (MARIUS) is a recent graduate of Belmont University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He has appeared at WCP in recent summers as ”the Tin Man” in Wizard of Oz & as “Dean Hyde” in All Shook Up. He is spending the summer in Waverly with his parents.

Kyle Beermann (THE BISHOP) is a teacher at Union High School in La Porte City. He recently appeared onstage at WCP as “Professor Moriarty” in the production of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily. He recently went skydiving for the first time and really loved it.

Daniel Gast (THENARDIER) is an Instructor of Voice at Wartburg College. He first appeared onstage at WCP in the 2012 production of Annie in the role of “Daddy Warbucks”. He was the music director for 9 to 5 – The Musical and co-music director for BHCT’s 2014 production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

Kristin Beermann (FANTINE) is a nurse at La Porte City Elementary. She is working on her 2nd Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is married to Kyle and is the mother to Asher and Phineas. She returns to our stage after a 10 year absence.

Abby Zeets (LITTLE COSETTE) is a student at Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta and the daughter of Brian & Annie Zeets. She was the 2013 Sprout Champion in the Bill Riley Talent Search.

Alta Schwab (COSETTE) is a student at Bethel University. She has appeared onstage at WCP in over a dozen productions most recently as “Audrey” in Leading Ladies. She has traveled extensively including trips to the Dominican Republic and Austria.

Sophia Vowels (EPONINE) is a student at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. She was born in Kentucky. She appeared as “Eva” in BHCT’s production of And Then They Came For Me – Remembering the World of Ann Frank.

Rosemary Gast (MADAME THENARDIER) is the wife of Daniel and is also an Instructor of Voice at Wartburg College as well at her private voice studio in their home. Roles at WCP include “Miss Hannigan” in Annie, “Wicked Witch of the West” in The Wizard of Oz and “Violet” in 9 to 5 – The Musical.

Asher Beermann (GAVROCHE) is making his WCP Debut although it really is his second time on stage. His mother Kristin was pregnant with him when she appeared in Steel Magnolias. He will be a 4th grader at La Porte City Elementary. He is involved with the organization Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Neal Petersen (ENJOLRAS) is a graduate of Luther College. He is a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church chancel & hand bell choirs. He works at New Directions Counseling.

Joshua Pannhoff (GRANTAIRE) is a Junior Communications major at UNI. He is originally from Clear Lake. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He appeared as “Horton” in a previous production of Seussical – The Musical.

Tickets are now available on-line at wcpbhct.org or by calling the business office at (319) 235-0367. The box office will open on July 1st and can be reached at that time by calling (319) 291-4494.”

Source: WCP Press Release

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