NDHS se­niors pre­sent­ing ‘Les Mis­er­ables’

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

HURLOCK — The North Dorch­ester High School Class of 2017 will present “Les Mis­er­ables” through Sun­day, March 5.

“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 five 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.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Cast mem­bers of the up­com­ing North Dorch­ester High School class of 2017 pro­duc­tion of “Les Mis­er­ables.” Per­for­mances start Thurs­day, March 2.

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