For 25 years, millions around the world have been entertained by the live musical production of "Les Miserables" and now, for two weeks, area residents can be thrilled by this brilliant telling of the Victor Hugo classic.

Curtain Call's Summer Youth Theatre production is a special adaptation intended for all youth performers which was created and licensed by Music Theatre International in New York.

"The changes in this production are very subtle -- overall a little shorter -- but it remains the same fabulous production fans have known for a quarter century," Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director, said.

For more than 20 years, the Stamford-based nonprofit has offered this program as an alternative to other summer youth activities.

"We had 120 young performer vying for the 56 roles in this year's show, so you can be sure to see some amazingly talented kids," Ursone said. The cast includes performers from all over Fairfield County and nearby Westchester County.

This production of "Les Miserable -- School Edition," directed by Stamford resident Brian J. Bianco, began Aug. 3 and will run through Aug. 13. Evening performances will be at 7:30 p.m. (no performance Monday, Aug. 8) with 2 p.m. matinees Aug. 7 and 13. Music direction is by George Croom with Musical Staging by Donna Fox.

Scenic and lighting design is by Peter Barbieri, Jr. with costumes by Megn Latte Ormond.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $14 for students and children. Box office phone number is 203-461-6358, but tickets are also available online at More information is available by calling 203-329-8207.

Curtain Call is the nonprofit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre. Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's best local theatre group 2005 through 2011 in the annual readers' poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and Best Live Theatre by the readers of StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2011. Curtain Call recently was recognized with The Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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