Arts notes

Summer Youth Theatre to stage 'Les Miserables'

Lawrence Arts Center's Summer Youth Theatre program will tackle musical heavyweight "Les Miserables" this week.

High-schoolers participating in the program will be performing the epic musical, based on the book by Victor Hugo. The play tells a tale of justice and grace in the face of poverty,

Artistic director Ric Averill is directing, assisted by program alum Ceri Gordon, with choreography by arts center ballet instructor Deb Bettinger, costumes by Cindy Lynn, scenic artwork by Ariel Sherman and music direction by Mary Baker.

Tickets for the performances - at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday - are $8 for adults and $6 for students or seniors, and are available at the Lawrence Arts Center, 843-2787.

Pulitzer Prize-honored drama opens in Topeka

Learning to drive was particularly hard for Li'l Bit, who suffered through lessons from her pedophiliac uncle.

"How I Learned To Drive" is the story of that abuse and its aftermath. Vivid flashbacks portray Li'l Bit's struggle to sort out her identity amid memories of falling prey to her uncle's assault, and the ongoing strife it created in her family.

Featuring a talkback session after the 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, this incisive and heart-felt drama by Paula Vogel plays at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. July 1-2 at the Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy, 3028 S.W. Eighth Ave., in Topeka.

Tickets are $11.

For tickets or more information, call (785) 357-5211.

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