A peek behind the scenes at NWFSC's "Les Miserables"

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Northwest Florida State College scenic design coordinator Clint Mahle and scene shop volunteer Audrey Bailey work on a set piece for the summer musical "Les Misérables."

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 03:55 PM.

NICEVILLE — When the curtain rises on "Les Misérables" next month, the sets and costumes’ grandeur will only hint at the scope of effort that went into them.

Staging one of the world's most renowned musicals takes a preproduction effort as sweeping in scale as the show itself.

Since December, a group of crewmembers — including Fine and Performing Arts Division students, staff and volunteers — has been creating the Northwest Florida State College summer musical.

The set crew, under scenic design coordinator Clint Mahle’s direction, is constructing a major set piece consisting of an elaborate bridge flanked by two buildings on either side. Mahle will play Javert, the play’s primary antagonist.

Audrey Bailey, 78, one of the set crew volunteers, has volunteered backstage and as head usher since 1996.

“There is going to be a lot more detail in the 'Le Mis' set than we’ve ever done before,” she said.

As Mahle, Bailey and the crew hammer at $8,000 worth of lumber and carefully hand-apply 35 gallons of paint, in the costume shop, costume designer Jennifer Boudette and her assistants cut fabric and sew almost 200 costumes.

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