Cheryl Stocks, the Producer for Les Misérables, grew up near Chicago, Illinois. Cheryl has done shows with Actorsingers for over 10 years, and has also worked with several other local groups.
A show this massive needs a producer firmly committed well in advance of auditions. She states “I knew I had the time available to devote to it and the Actorsingers membership to back me up on all the aspects of producing about which I am clueless. I also knew I ‘had to’ be a part of this production (the gravitational force of Les Mis is incredibly strong), and auditioning wouldn't guarantee being a part of it, but producing would put me right in the midst of it.”
Actorsingers auditioned 144 people for Les Misérables and ended up casting an extremely talented 44. Cheryl goes on to say “I've lost track of how many pounds of Twizzlers we've gone through - at least 30. We are thrilled to be performing for more patrons than every Actorsingers show since spring of 2006, tracking closest to our 2008 production of Beauty and the Beast (what is it about these French shows??).”
What does Cheryl experience from theatre that is different from anything else she does? “Interactions with theater people - creative, emotional, needy, exasperating, dedicated, funny, and always ready for a hug, creating something amazing out of nothing, in a ridiculously short time, with an inadequate budget and an extraordinary team, the thrill of the opening night performance and the reaction of that first audience. Oh, and on rare occasions, I get to fly!”
Cheryl found the most challenging part of producing is there is never enough time and of course seven months of sleep deprivation!
When asked about her earliest theatre memory she replies, “Theater is ephemeral. Once I walk out the door I forget it all.”
Cheryl used to be a software developer but thinks she’s retired now. She also sings.