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Mount Si grad in Central’s ‘Les Mis’

Brandon Peterson appears in a Central Washington production of Les Miserablés. - Courtesy photo
Brandon Peterson appears in a Central Washington production of Les Miserablés.
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Brandon Peterson, a 2005 graduate of Mount Si High School, will play the role of Marius in Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble production of “Les Miserables.”

Peterson is a senior, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in the musical theatre program, with a minor in dance performance. After graduation, he plans to pursue his career in New York City.

Epic and inspiring, “Les Misérables” has thrilled audiences. One of the most popular musical productions in the world, “Les Misérables” opened May 9, performed by Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble, accompanied by the CWU Orchestra.

The classic story of human frailty and triumph, set against the background of the political upheaval of 19th century France, is brought to life by CWU’s David Brown, musical director and conductor; Terri Brown, stage director, and Anneliese Childress, choreographer.

A 40-plus-member cast and crew features Ellensburg brothers Ben Sasnett as Jean Valjean and Joseph Sasnett as Javert, and includes child actors from local elementary schools.

“This is one of our most ambitious productions,” said Scott Robinson, theatre arts chair and professor. “Our students have really pushed their personal and professional boundaries to create an exceptional work of theatre.”

A short video of a Les Miserables rehearsal can be viewed at

The show will also feature a 140-pound Vietnamese potbelly pig. Princess Buttercup is the Sasnett family pet. Although there isn’t a pig in the original story, Princess Buttercup will be used to underscore the unseemly traits of one of the characters.

Tickets are $15 to $20 for general admission, $12 to $18 for seniors and students without ID, and $7 for CWU and EHS students with ID. Special dinner and show packages are also available through production partner Dakota Café. Tickets are available at, the CWU Welcome Center or at the Wildcat Shop.

The musical run May 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and May 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. at the McConnell Auditorium.

“Les Miserables” is made possible by a contribution from Knudson Lumber of Ellensburg, and support from


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