Young cast get set for run of mu­si­cal shows

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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