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Les Miserables star returns for special Prizery concert

South Boston News
Jacob Waid / July 09, 2018

With a benefit concert on July 18 for The Prizery’s 2019 10th Summer Theatre Season, Jacob Waid hopes to pay Southside Virginia back for its enthusiastic response to his first professional performance in 2014 in “Les Miserables.”

“It was mind-boggling for me to see the community support for a theater in the town of the size of South Boston,” he says. “You guys were the beginning for all that I have been doing. And the talent that (artistic director) Chris Jones has recruited - the professional actors, college students and local performers are incredible.”

Told about this year’s productions of “Oklahoma” and “Gypsy,” Waid said, “Strong support for the theater continues to grow.”

“Jacob is an established vocal talent known around the country. I am honored that he would come back and help us fund raise for Summer Theatre 2019. It will be a treat to have him return to our stage,” Jones said.

Waid took Southside Virginia by storm as Jean Valjean in the fabled Summer Theater show, one of the most advanced in the nine years of The Prizery’s summer stock performances. Since then, he has gone on to an extensive career as a singer and actor in major productions.

From 2015-2017, he appeared as Moses in the musical with the same name at Sight & Sound Theaters in the entertainment center of Branson, Mo. He appeared again as Jean Valjean in the prestigious Dutch Apple Music Theater in Lancaster, Pa. Most recently he was Curtis in the musical “Sister Act” and Paul Bratter in “Barefoot in the Park” at the Market House Theater in his hometown of Paducah, Ky.

With a break in performances, Waid is development coordinator for the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, in a town where he has moved with his wife Kate, whom he married six months ago. He has also produced a CD, with 10 numbers from musicals, including “Bring Him Home,” from “Les Miserables.”

For the Prizery concert, Waid will sing such numbers as “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from “Sunset Boulevard,” “Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables” and “Over the Rainbow.”

Waid’s large dramatic baritone voice lends him not only to musical numbers but opera as well. While at the University of Kentucky, he performed in such operas as Falstaff and “Romeo & Juliet,” plus the opera-related phantom in “Phantom of the Opera.”

“It’s kind of a mixture,” he says. “I have been able to float between the two.”

Though he has been in “Les Miserables” many times, he says he always gets a new view. “Every time I see it or take part in it, there is a combination of actors I have never seen before. I see somebody else’s opinion of what that role should be.”

For the concert at the Prizery, Waid will be accompanied on piano by Carson Eubank, the Summer Theater music director.

To attend this 7 p.m. benefit concert and reception, RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by July 13 with your name and phone number, and the number of people attending. This is a donation-based admission: donations of $100 or more are suggested, which will be used to help secure royalties for the 2019 Summer Theatre Season. Royalty fees can be $10,000 and more per season, and these concert proceeds will make it possible to secure 2019 royalties early.

For additional information, call 434-572-8339.

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