DeWitt The musical Les Miserables comes to Jamesville-Dewitt High School Feb. 9, 10 and 11 with more than 100 talented JD students in the cast, crew and pit orchestra. The show is the longest running musical in the world and among the most famous.
Based on the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, the story follows the struggles of a diverse cast of characters as they deal with love and betrayal as well as political and economic resentments not so different from those of the current Arab Spring and Occupy America.
“The music in Les Miz is incredibly moving,” said Shannon Tompkins, director of the production. “It sends chills up your spine and virtually everyone loves it, even if they don’t expect to.”
In setting a record as the longest running musical in the world, the stage version of Les Miserables has been seen by nearly 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages.
“The fact is, Les Miz resonates with most people,” said Tompkins. “It’s a bit sad in places but most can identify with at least some of the characters. That’s why the showings go on and on. Audiences keep wanting more.”
Cast members started rehearsing in November and continue on a 10 to15 hours per week schedule for two months leading up to the show. The JDHS production is a school edition, but adult language and situations make it unsuitable for young children.
The show will open at JD’s Osborn Auditorium at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 11. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be reserved by calling Eithne Picone at 251-2956.
To purchase tickets by mail, make checks payable to the JDHS Music Department and send in with the order form. If you don’t have a form please indicate the performance desired and the number of tickets needed in each price range. Mail the orders and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Eithne Picone, 13 Lynacres Blvd., Fayetteville, NY 13066.
Les Miserables was first presented in France in 1980 and the English-language version opened in London in 1985. The first Broadway production opened in 1987 and the 25th anniversary edition is now touring the United States.
David LaCombe is volunteer publicist for the JDHS Music Department.