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Noblesville’s Jerry and Grace Sell play the devious Monsieur and Madame Thénardier in “Les Misérables,” on stage through Nov. 2 at Grace Church in Noblesville. The Times photos by Betsy Reason



In a theater production that is so very serious, Noblesville's Jerry and Grace Sell are the comic relief.

The husband and wife play the devious Monsieur and Madame Thénardier in "Les Misérables," on stage through Nov. 2 at Grace Church in Noblesville.

The Thénardiers, who are innkeepers, lie, cheat and steal from their customers. And sing about it.

"They're quintessential comedic character parts. This is a very, very serious show in which every character dies at the end, and it's ballad after ballad of gorgeous music," said Jerry Sell. "But when we come on, it's up-tempo. It's lively. It's funny. Our evil side shows. People come into the inn, and we sing about them while we're serving them drinks, and we're also pick-pocketing them at the same time."

The Thénardiers are an integral part of the story, which follows the lives and interactions of several characters, especially the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience with redemption.

"We rise to the top at the end, because we've pilfered," she said.

"We've stolen so much that we are the rich," her husband added.

The couple - Jerry, 54, and Grace, 50 -- sat backstage, laughing and talking about the show and their characters, and it was obvious how much fun they have together performing together.

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