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Les Miserables at Olympia school
Ashley Litwiller, as Fantine, and Jared Nicholas, as Inspector Javert, are part of Olympia High School’s production of “Les Miserables, School Edition,” opening May 13. (Courtesy photo)

Arts in Brief for May 6, 2011:

THEATER

OHS 'Les Miz'

STANFORD -- "Les Miserables, School Edition" is the spring musical at Olympia High School in Stanford, with three performances, at 7 p.m. May 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. May 15.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Denise Ludwig at the middle school at 309-379-5941, ext. 8327.

"Les Miserables, School Edition" is a specially abridged version of the hit musical, tailored for performers from elementary to high school age.

'Anne Frank'

BLOOMINGTON -- "The Diary of Anne Frank" will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts as the third annual production of the McLean County Diversity Project.

Tickets for the classic Holocaust-themed drama are $5 and $7 at the BCPA box office or by calling 866-686-9541. Group rates are available.

The production, featuring Wendy Kesselman's adaptation of the original 1955 Albert Hackett-Francis Goodrich stage version, is directed by Patricia S. Stiller and features area teen youth.

ISU honors

NORMAL -- Two students from Illinois State University's School of Theatre have received top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held April 18 through 23 in Washington, D.C.

Sophomore theater major Clayton Joyner of Springfield was named one of two national champions and is also recipient of the Irene Ryan National Acting Scholarship.

Joyner's scene partner during the competition, Zachary Powell, an M.F.A. candidate from Salina, Kan., was named winner of the Kingsley Colton Award for Outstanding Partner.

MUSIC

Folk singer

LINCOLN -- Nashville-based singer-songwriter Christopher Williams will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Chad's Blind, 1230 Fifth St., Lincoln.

The show is part of the Open Table Concert Series, with admission $5.

Williams has released eight albums on his own label and toured with Grammy-winning Christian pop band Jars of Clay. He has also performed with Arlo Guthrie, Phil Keaggy, David Wilcox and others.

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