It's not often that a young actor can say he's been cast in a major role in a major musical.
It happens even less when two young men from the same town can share that claim. But it's happening right now. Both from Ayer and students in Shirley and Pepperell, Parker Fisher and Chris Govang are sharing the single boy's role in Les Misérables of "Gavroche," a name that in French has come to mean "street urchin" and "mischievous child," but in Les Mis, the character personifies loyalty, dedication and hero.
Concord Players will be presenting this production Nov. 8, 9, 10 (matinee), 15, 16, 17 (matinee), 21, 22 and 23. .
Parker Fisher scored this epic role in his first year of organized theater. Previously, Parker appeared this past winter as Fox in Concord Youth Theatre (CYT)'s production of Pinocchio and immediately followed as "The Little Boy" in their spring production of The Velveteen Rabbit. This summer he performed as "Dogberry" in a musical version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing with React Theater, and most recently as "Wat Crabstaff" in Summer Fenn's musical, Robin Hood. This production will be Parker's debut with The Concord Players. Aside from theater, he loves reading, soccer, hockey and spending time with his family and friends.
"I'm immensely grateful to artistic director Lisa Evans at CYT for believing in me and giving me my first opportunity in Pinocchio, as well as to Rene Pfister (music director) for his encouragement and ceaseless enthusiasm," said Fisher. "My experience with that show started a whole new path for me as an actor, a path that I really enjoy. It brings new challenges with every show, and makes me feel great about myself and what I'm doing."
Chris Govang began performing at age four as a duckling in HONK!, and continued the next year as a flying monkey in The Wiz. Previously with the Concord Players, he was "voice of the boy" in To Kill a Mockingbird (2009) and "Kurt Von Trapp" in The Sound of Music (2013). He played the "Cheshire Cat" in Alice in Wonderland at Stratton Players (Fitchburg), "Chip" in Ayer-Shirley Youth Drama (ASYD)'s Beauty & the Beast, "Narrator" in A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play, and a featured player in ASYD's Godspell. With Concord Youth Theatre, Chris portrayed "Frank, Jr." in Merrily We Roll Along with the Young Adult Company, the title role in the Mainstage Company's Pinocchio, as well as many roles in Junior Company, workshop and summer productions. Chris loves to sing and has studied tap and ballet at L'Ecole de Ballet in Littleton since he was seven. He also dabbles in piano and has begun studying flute at school.
"This is such a great opportunity," said Govang. "Roles like these for kids don't come along very often, so we're so lucky." He continued, "Parker and I have been friends since we did Pinocchio together at CYT, so I was psyched to hear that WE got the role and could share it!"
The Concord (MA) Players will be presenting its rendition of the much-acclaimed Les Misérables Nov. 8, 9, 10 (matinee), 15, 16, 17 (matinee), 21, 22 and 23. With a book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, this musical based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo is directed by Celia Couture, with musical direction by Art Finstein.
Parker Fisher will be portraying Gavroche on Nov. 9, 15, 17 and 22. Chris Govang will be performing the role on Nov. 8, 10, 16, 21 and 23.
Tickets are available by calling 978-369-2990 or online at www.concordplayers.org.