Spring concert of ‘Les Miserables’ to be performed April 15

A concert version of Les Misérables will be preformed in the West Shore auditorium April 15 at 5 p.m for a $5 admission. The show which was originally scheduled to be outside in the courtyard has been moved to the auditorium in case of rain.

Adapted from an 1862 Victor Hugo novel, the musical has been performed for 25 years.

“’Les Miserables’ is about the French Revolution and how the poor and the middle classes want more freedom and a say in the government. It’s similar to what is currently happening in the Middle East,” director Maureen Fallon said.

The show will feature almost all of the musical numbers in the original broadway production, such as: I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More and Bring Him Home.

The story takes place in the late 1820s as a convict, Jean Valjean (Dylan Morrongiello) is released from prison on parole for theft crimes. He assumes a new identity and over the course of 10 years he lives a new life as the mayor of a small town and owns a factory although he is still pursued by Inspector Javert (Justin Mehlich), who wants to put him back in jail for parole violation. A worker in his factory, Fantine (Erika Caliari) is fired after her illegitimate child is discovered by the factory foreman (Kevin Slagoski). Valjean takes her in and as Fantine dies he promises to go find and take care of her child, Cosette (Mia Glatter). Valjean rescues Cosette from her abusive guardians the Thénardiers (Will Niemeier and Caroline Miller) and they run away to a convent. Years later, Valjean and Cosette find themselves at the start of the french revolution and Valjean must confront his past while thinking of Cosette’s future.

Other leads include Hunter Curry as the rebel leader Enjolras and Rachel Dunkel as the street urchin Eponine.

“’Les Miserables’ is also has a love triangle where Marius loves Cosette, but Eponine loves Marius, and Eponine dies trying to protect Marius,” Fallon said.

Admission is $5 and the proceeds will go towards the drama department storage budget.

“The money is being collected for a shed for the Drama Department since we can’t use the drivers ed. shed anymore,” director Maureen Fallon said.

“West Shore has a lot of talented singers and the entire performance is sung. It will be a good experience for people who are turned away from theater because of boring talk.” Glatter said.

By Genna Owen and Stacy Corbett