International fashion designer opens doors to local talents

Promotional photo of world renowned fashion designer Aviad Arik Herman. Photo courtesy of World Theater Productions

Fashionistas and costume designers who want to take their art to the next level have an opportunity to do so today, when world-renowned fashion designer Aviad Arik Herman forms his design team as part of World Theater Productions’ "Les Miserables."

Herman is the official designer of Miss Universe Sweden and has an impressive resume of design work, previously working with The Washington Ballet, Miss Supranational Israel, American Academy of Ballet and many other international performance companies.

According to World Theater Productions, his arrival on Guam will help “to bring the quality of costume design on Guam to the next level.”

Herman is looking for local designers, tailors, seamstresses and dressers to train and collaborate with for the production of "Les Miserables." A casting call for designers will take place at the Tumon Sands Plaza today from 6 to 9 p.m. In a release, World Theater Productions requested that interested applicants email reservations@wtpguam.com before heading to the casting call. Applicants are asked to bring sketches, photos or samples of work.

Herman’s addition to the Guam production of "Les Miserables" strengthens a creative team which already features Jojo Urquico and Lanie Sumalinog, two artists who have international experience in theater.

As for the production itself, auditions for singers, actors and dancers occurred back in April. The school-friendly version of the Broadway classic will be performed entirely by high school, middle school and elementary school students. In the lead roles, Paul Valdez will carry the role of Inspector Javert, while the role of Fantine will be played by Erica Tubera. The production will debut and run from Oct. 13 to 15.

Part of the proceeds from "Les Miserables" will be donated to Guam Homeless Coalition, with plans in the works to hold additional fundraisers in the months leading up to the debut performance.

World Theater Productions was created as a professional platform for artists from around the world to share their talents and experiences within their respective fields, bringing education and guidance to aspiring young Guamanian talents. It aims to enhance the theater production on Guam and hone local talents who are serious in getting into the field of entertainment. Their production of "Les Miserables" was made possible through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International, a theatrical licensing agency based in New York City.

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