Carroll County High School
Thursday, March 21, 2013 11:00 AM
Carroll County students present a musical adaptation of a well-known Broadway musical and movie on Friday and Saturday.
Andrea Williams sings a solo during a dress rehearsal Wednesday for the Carroll County High School production of "Les Misérables". (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
Student actors will present "Les Misérables," based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel. The musical recounts a man's struggle against adversity in France during the 19th century.
After being imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread and other criminal offenses, Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year jail term. Valjean becomes an honest man and the mayor of a prosperous town after turning from his criminal past. He also becomes an adoptive father through a turn of events following his release, the musical's website said.
But the relentless Inspector Javert pursuing Valjean because of parole issues makes adjusting to life outside the prison's walls even more difficult until a decision by Valjean during the revolutionary era in France takes him on a path of redemption.
The play's director Jennifer Beach said the movie version of the musical released in late 2012 generated interest in the musical production, but the choice of the play for this season was just by coincidence. Instead, she knew the students had just the right mix of talent for the musical.
"It's a difficult production to pull off," Beach said.
Yet the group of student actors seemed to fit the play's cast and the musical scores in the play well.
"I knew I had the students to pull it off," she said.
Actors for the production include Jacob Beach, Kiana Benhoff, Michael Hedges, Kassidy Perry, Alex Layton, Seth Harmon, James Abrams, Sarah Hawkins, Joshua Beach, Kathryn Gillespie, Brandon Stewart, Tim Corley, Andrea Williams, Chris Russell, Logan Underwood, Kelley Wheeler, Lauren Holloway and Josh McCarty.
The students spent the last eight weeks preparing for the show, Beach said, which is expected to last a little over two hours.
The high school production of "Les Miserables" will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday as well. All productions will take place at the high school, 1706 Highland Ave.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students each night of the production, and tickets are available at the door.