Last weekend, Johnson Jensen hosted an opening night reception for Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre’s production of Les Miserables. It was a great opportunity to celebrate arts in the community along with friends, family, and colleagues.
For those of you unfamiliar with Les Miserables, it’s an American musical based on the novel of the same name by French author Victor Hugo. Set in a period of political unrest and injustice, Les Mis follows one man’s powerful story of redemption across more than a decade.
That’s one of those words you might hear a lot without pausing to consider it much—“redemption.” In the case of Jean Valjean, the main character, redemption is the story of someone experiencing suffering and finding a way to liberate himself from it with perseverance and integrity. It’s by no means an easy journey for Valjean, and it’s one he could have never achieved on his own. But as a result, Valjean’s life enables a number of other characters to find relief, recovery, and even romance.
Stories about perseverance and the triumph of the indomitable human spirit lead us to believe in second chances. They help us see how freedom from painful circumstances is possible. That’s probably one of the reasons why we like Les Mis so much: we want that kind of story for our own clients too.
If you have the opportunity to see Les Mis before their run concludes on May 10th, do yourself a favor and check it out. The cast, including fellow attorney Matt Branic in the lead role of Valjean, is incredible. And, as always, Civic Theatre’s production quality is a phenomenal contribution to our arts community.
Johnson Jensen is proud to play a supporting role in Civic Theatre’s work. To learn more Civic Theatre, visit their website.