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Toronto 'Les Mis' Casting Call Draws Hundreds of Young Hopefuls

April 15, 2013

Hundreds of Little Cosette and Gavroche hopefuls, some in threadbare costumes befitting the poor 19th century French characters, showed up to an open casting call Sunday for an upcoming new Canadian production of "Les Miserables."

"I am more nervous than she is," Amy Pitcher of Cambridge, Ont., said of her auditioning 10-year-old daughter, Ashlyn, who donned a ragged dress and dirt on her face to depict downtrodden Cosette.

"I'm amazed and happy that it's an open audition, because it gives children like my daughter a chance to show what they have, even though they don't have an agent yet."

Organizers said some 270 young auditioners turned out for the chance to sing for the parts in Cameron Mackintosh's new 25th anniversary version of the Boublil and Schonberg musical, which Mirvish Productions plans to stage in Toronto in October. Read More