"I first saw 'Les Misérables' when I was 12 years old, and it
inspired me to pursue a career in the arts," reflects Myre. "Playing
the role of Éponine has always been on my 'bucket list,' so this is
a dream come true for me."
Eastlight's production has the
distinction of being the regional premiere of this epic musical and
is one of the first in the nation to feature a new set of
orchestrations. The auditions attracted performers from all over
central Illinois, and some cast members travel up to 70 miles
one-way to attend rehearsals.
"The cast is phenomenal," says Myre. "We all consider it an honor
to be a part of this production."
Although this is Myre's first appearance at Eastlight Theatre,
she is no stranger to the stage. Prior to moving to Lincoln, she
spent over 14 years performing, teaching, directing and producing in
Chicago and the Midwest. Performances of note include "Zuit Suit" at
Chicago's Goodman Theatre, the title role in the world premiere of
"Madame X" at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, the
narrator in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and many
When she is not performing, Myre teaches private voice and piano
lessons in Lincoln. (Visit
www.BalancingActStudio.com to learn more about her performing
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Stéphanie and her husband, Kenneth Kendall, moved to Lincoln in
2010. He heads the theater program at Lincoln College and is
spending the summer performing in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.
In addition to music and theater, they also share a passion for
rescuing and training dogs, and volunteer with the Humane Society of
The regional premiere of "Les Misérables" at Eastlight Theatre is
directed by Robin Hunt, with the music directed by Mitch Colgan, and
will feature spectacular sets and lighting designed by technical
director Steve Cordle.
The show will be performed June 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30
p.m. and at 2 p.m. June 24. Tickets are $19 and can be purchased at
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