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November 14, 2013

"Les Misérables" to be final CCS show for Sammy and Barbara Bayes|

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One of the advantages of having such a large cast in a show like “Les Misérables” is that it helps out with the show’s chorus.

“It’s powerful, the sound is very powerful,” said Barbara Bayes.

Still, after this production, Sammy and Barbara Bayes will no longer be directing musicals at CCS.

“There (are) other projects coming up,” said Barbara Bayes, who said that with their youngest daughter, Taylor Bayes, graduating from high school next year, they’ve decided to step down.

Indeed, two opportunities have recently come to fruition for Sammy Bayes. He has gotten funding for “Rhinestone Cowboy,” a play he co-wrote with the writer of the song of the same name about songwriters in New York City in the 1960’s and 70’s and “One Man’s War,” a one act play about the experiences of the first marines to see combat in the Vietnam War.

The Bayes’ will be leaving, however, with good memories of their time directing at CCS.

“I think we’ve accomplished what we’ve sent out to do,” said Sammy Bayes.

“The kids have been so special over the years,” said Barbara Bayes, “It’s been incredibly rewarding for us as well.”

She also praised the CCS administration and the production team that has worked with them since they began directing musicals at CCS: musical director Tim Iverson, instrumental director Peter Daum, costumer Betsy Beisler, art director Kristen Karasek and set construction person Dennis Hascup.

“They’re amazing,” said Barbara Bayes.

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