Returning to the newly-renovated surroundings of Her Majesty's Theatre has added extra excitement to the final weeks of rehearsal for the cast of Ballarat Lyric Theatre's production of Les Miserables.
The 100-strong cast and crew "bumped in" to the theatre last weekend, moving sets in and getting themselves established in their home for the next few weeks.
There have already been hundreds of hours of rehearsals, which began in October, ahead of the opening night on February 27.
Director Steve Armati said cast and crew had put in an enormous effort to prepare for the 11-show season but everyone was excited to get inside Her Majesty's.
"Nothing beats Her Majesty's; it's one of the most beautiful theatres and the campaign to get the work done was fantastic," he said.
"It was quite a surreal experience on Sunday bumping in. We've got a lot of first-timers in this cast and people who have done our last couple of shows at other venues so it was their first time inside Her Majesty's."
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE CAST'S FLASH MOB PERFORMANCE IN BRIDGE MALL
"There's definitely a buzz among the cast especially after getting to the theatre."
The cast of about 65 ranges in age from 12 years old to mid 60s with a variety of experience levels in musical theatre.
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The Ballarat public got a sneak peek at Les Miserables earlier this month when the entire cast performed a flash mob in Bridge Mall on a Saturday morning.
Tickets are still available to most performances of Les Miserables.
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