Young cast get set for run of musical shows
A CAST of young actors are preparing for a run of performances of musical Les Miserables.
The 42 King’s School pupils from the girls and boys divisions and Sixth Form together with an orchestra of 18 players are working hard to perfect the spectacle for the four night run of the musical based on the novel by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo.
Star performers include Henry Reavey playing the humanitarian Jean Valjean, Ben Lynch playing repressed Javert and the tragic Fantine is played by Ellie McKenna. The beautiful Cosette is played in her younger days by Fiona Beeston and as a woman by Olivia Hamblyn.
Producers Donald Forbes, Kath Thompson and Ian Crawford expect a full house, hoping for 1,200 people over the three nights.
Donald said: “It’s an incredibly challenging but rewarding piece with a string of memorable songs and we just felt it was time to seize the day.”
Kath said she hopes the young actors will remember the experience for the rest of their lives, adding: “There is certainly growing excitement. We were auditioning before the summer holidays and have been in rehearsals since September.”
Ian said: “It’s one of the great shows of our time with an emotionally engaging narrative and some fantastic tunes.”
The show is from Tuesday, February 9, to Friday, February 12.
●● Students at King’s School rehearsing for Les Miserables