F-MHS to perform 'Les Mis'

More than 100 Fayetteville-Manlius High School students are expected to audition for "Les Miserables," an award-winning musical celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

"There are students who have already come up to me and said, 'Oh, I've never auditioned but I've got to audition for 'Les Mis,'" said David Brown, music coordinator. "The excitement's already there," and tryouts don't even begin until January.

Based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel, the show is set in early 19th-century France, and as Brown describes it, an "amazing story of triumph and sacrifice" as characters struggle for redemption and revolution.

The anticipated spring production, in contrast with last year's successful "White Christmas," is more like an operetta, Brown said. Both he and orchestra conductor Carlos Mendez wanted to give the students an opportunity to perform this musical masterpiece composed by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, with a libretto by Alain Boublil.

"It's the 25th anniversary, and it's a great show for the orchestra and it's a great show for women," said Brown, noting that many shows lack female leads. This show has a 50-plus cast utilizing both genders.

"Les Mis" was last performed at F-MHS in 2006 to a standing-room only crowd that spilled into another room. Brown said he hopes for a similar turnout come spring. The production will be held for two weekends, starting at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays April 1 and 2 and April 8 and 9. Cost is $10 per person for reserved seats. Tickets will go on sale sometime in February.

In the meantime, don't miss the F-M thespians' fall production of "The Secret Garden," with performances set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 19 and 20, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

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