It's always nice to catch up with a local actor who returns to their stomping ground as part of a big production. With"Les Miserables,"playing through Sunday at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, there are actually two.
Weston Wells Olson, who plays Courfeyrac in the show, originally hails from South Dakota, but after attending Chapman University for three years, he feels like this is a big homecoming.
"I especially loved the nighttime beach pit fires at Huntington," he told me. "And so coming back here in a show like 'Les Miz' is a real thrill. I've invited friends and even some old Chapman teachers to come see the show."
Wells also told me that the day they arrive in a new city, like the day he and I spoke, they must be at the theater two hours early on opening night to get used to the new space and learn the lay of the land.