A Deeper Look: Jennifer Tritz

Many people, when seeing Les Misérables for the first time, see Cosette as simply young and naïve and don't think too far into her character. Jennifer Tritz, who will be playing Jean Valjean’s daughter in the Omaha Community Playhouse’s performance this fall, sees something very different. “I have always believed that [Cosette] is more complex than meets the eye," said Jennifer. "She immediately yearns to know the truth about her past and discover what is waiting for her in the future.”

An Omaha native and Westside High School graduate, Jennifer embraced her love of music and the theatre at a young age. Her first-ever show was at the age of eight, playing a role in Pippi Longstocking at the old Emmy Gifford Theatre. By the very next year, Jennifer was already seen as a star when she was cast as Annie in Annie at the same theater.

A Creighton graduate, Jennifer earned her Masters in Music at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She currently works for Professional Insurance Agents part-time and runs a private voice and piano studio. In addition, Jennifer utilizes her degree and love of music by being the artistic director for a local music group, Résonance.

Acting over the years, Jennifer’s favorite roles have been Mary Lane in Reefer Madness and Luisa in The Fantasticks, where she won a Theatre Arts Guild Award for her performance. She will reprise this role on Nebraska Theatre Caravan's professional tour of The Fantasticks in 2014. Outside of all her music-related activities, Jennifer simply loves to watch movies with her husband and play with her dog, Charlie.

When it came to auditioning for Les Misérables, there was no question. It has always been one of her favorite shows and, even at a young age, she felt very connected to the characters. “I think that everyone can empathize with and understand Jean Valjean’s struggle to create a normal life for himself and his new daughter, Cosette. I wanted to audition for the show to have the chance to personally experience this amazing story.”
Jennifer Tritz as Cosette
You can see Jennifer Tritz in her role as Cosette at the Omaha Community Playhouse’s Les Misérables, running Sept. 20-Oct. 27, 2013; Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults and $24 for students. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (402) 553-0800 or click here.

Story by Shannon Kern

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