Rous­ing Les Mis per­for­mance

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

YOUNG thes­pi­ans at King’s school put on a rous­ing per­for­mance of Vic­tor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

The King’s pro­duc­tion boasted a cast of 42 young ac­tors from both the Boys’ and Girls’ Divi­sions and the Sixth Form, to­gether with an or­ches­tra of 18 play­ers, work­ing hard to per­fect the spec­ta­cle across the sell­out four night run.

Star per­form­ers were Henry Reavey play­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian Jean Val­jean; Ben Lynch the re­pressed Javert and the tragic Fan­tine played by El­lie McKenna.

At the heart was Cosette played in her younger days by Fiona Bee­ston and as a woman by Olivia Ham­blyn. Her en­coun­ters with both the steely eyed Ben Lynch and the heroic, hand­some vic­tim of hap­pen­stance, Henry Reavey, reached out to ev­ery emo­tion.

As Cosette’s lover Mar­ius, painfully torn be­tween love and rev­o­lu­tion, Aar­ian Mehra­bani gave a per­for­mance full of com­mit­ment and pas­sion, with Madeleine Phillip as Epo­nine.

Emma Maxwell and Do­minic Cor­ner both con­trib­uted hi­lar­i­ously and men­ac­ingly as Madame and Mon­sieur Thenardier, and Sam Jones and Oliver Rush­ton shared the role of Gavroche.

Don­ald Forbes, pro­ducer di­rec­tor, said: “It was an in­cred­i­bly chal­leng­ing but re­ward­ing piece with a string of mem­o­rable songs and we just felt it was time to seize the day.”

Cather­ine Thomp­son, also pro­ducer di­rec­tor, added: “We hope the young ac­tors will re­mem­ber the ex­pe­ri­ence for the rest of their lives. We were au­di­tion­ing be­fore the sum­mer hol­i­days and were in re­hearsals since Septem­ber.”

King’s di­rec­tor of mu­sic, Ian Craw­ford, who re­hearsed and led the or­ches­tra and held the ac­tion to­gether with a rous­ing mu­si­cal back­drop, added: “It is one of the great shows of our time with an emo­tion­ally en­gag­ing nar­ra­tive, some fan­tas­tic tunes and some pow­er­fully emo­tive lyrics which speak of the best and worst in mankind.”

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