NDHS Class of 2017 to present ‘Les Miserables’
— The North Dorchester High School Class of 2017 will present “Les Miserables” beginning Thursday, March 2.
“Les Miserables” was also done 12 years ago by the NDHS Class of 2005.
“We decided to do “Le Mis” again because we have huge talent in this class, and we needed a play with a big cast to display that,” said technical director Adam Wilson. “Our sets are different, but we did borrow from the video of the 2005 production. We introduced new blocking, which is where the actors stand and what they do. We didn’t want it to be exactly the same.”
Wilson said that the 2012 film version of the play was not considered for this production, but the student actors have been somewhat inspired by it, evidenced by the way they are playing their parts.
“Even though the play is based on something that happened a long time ago in France, it is still relevant today,” said theatrical director Lisa Rank. “It is about inequities between the upper and lower classes, which is what started the revolution in France, and it’s a relevant issue today. There is also a good bit of romance and great songs.”
Rank said “Les Miserables” is a nice departure from the Disney productions put on over the past several years.
Senior Brett Stiles will play the role of Jean Valjean, a prisoner turned wealthy man and adoptive father of Cosette.
“I’m looking to pursue theatre and music in college,” Stiles said. “I’m really excited to perform for a crowd of this size. This is my first lead role, and I’m excited to show people what I can do..
The role of Cosette, adopted daughter of Jean Valjean and and love interest of Marius, will be played by senior Beth Thomas. She has participated in the annual productions since her freshman year.
“This is the most challenging production we’ve done in the past few years and we want the community to see what we can do,” said Thomas.
Senior Olivia Davidson, who has also been in each play since her freshman year, will portray the character Eponine, a poor girl who harbors a secret love for Marius.
“I plan to major in musical theatre in college,” said Davidson. “This is my number one passion, and I wanted to be involved in as many productions as possible.”
There will be four performances: 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, and Friday, March 3; noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 4; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. Tickets to the show will be $8.
Cast members of the upcoming North Dorchester High School Class of 2017 production of “Les Miserables.” Showtimes begin Thursday, March 2.