‘Les Mis­er­ables’ com­ing to Royal Theatre, opens Sept. 21

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The Young Play­ers are proud to present the epic, grand, and up­lift­ing “Les Mis­er­ables: School Edi­tion.”

“Les Mis­er­ables” is the world’s long­est run­ning mu­si­cal. A true mod­ern clas­sic based on Vic­tor Hugo’s novel, win­ner of over 100 in­ter­na­tional awards and seen by more than 70 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide, “Les Mis­er­ables” is an epic and up­lift­ing story about the sur­vival of the hu­man spirit. Now adapted for per­form­ers un­der 18, this show fea­tures one of the most mem­o­rable scores of all time and some of the most mem­o­rable char­ac­ters to ever grace the stage.

In 19th cen­tury France, Jean Val­jean, played by Nathan Brown, is re­leased from years of un­just im­pris­on­ment, but finds noth­ing in store for him but mis­trust and mis­treat­ment. He breaks his pa­role in hopes of start­ing a new life, ini­ti­at­ing a lifelong strug­gle for re­demp­tion as he is re­lent­lessly pur­sued by po­lice in­spec­tor Javert, played by Car­son Clay and Jaelun Pa­trick Thomas, who re­fuses to be­lieve Val­jean can change his ways. Fi­nally, dur­ing the Paris stu­dents’ upris­ing of 1832, Javert must con­front his ideals af­ter Val­jean spares

his life and saves that of the stu­dent revo­lu­tion­ary, played by Will Porter who has cap­tured the heart of Val­jean’s adopted daugh­ter, Cosette, played by Makayla Shipe and Katharine Crowe. Stu­dents are played by Luke Fer­gu­son, Ethan Davis, Zachary Glover, Bren­non Humphry, Brent Compton, Hay­den Griffis, Jesse Kneisler and Larry Smith.

“Les Mis­er­ables: School Edi­tion” is pre­sented through spe­cial ar­range­ment with Mu­sic Theatre In­ter­na­tional.

With di­rec­tion by Daphne Shop­pach, mu­sic di­rec­tion by Tanner Oglesby, and stage man­aged by Emma Boone, these ex­cep­tional singers of all ages bring an emo­tional sung-through piece. Fin­ish­ing up this cast are Izzy Ham­monds, Lexie El­lis, Emory Stat­ton, Madi­son Camp­bell, Al­lie Grace Fer­gu­son, Abby

Grace Neufer, Cameron Compton, Frankie Gold­man, Rea­gan Mccart­ney, Ad­di­son Lump­kins, Tay­lor Ann Pitts, Lily Hip­skind, Amelia Lisowe, Erin Johnston, Emily Jones, Syd­ney Crary, Kaleigh Stat­ton, Olivia Kreulen, Bella Crow, Cadence Ear­les, Annslee Clay, Jack Clay, Cabe Par­rish, Braden Lisowe, Wil­liam Alve­rio, Natasha Car­roll, Emily Bell, Rylee Wood­ward, Lau­ren Bond, Shelby Trip­cony, Kate­lyn Compton, Mary Grace Wells, Madi­son Stolzer and Avalon Cas­trel­lon.

Per­for­mances are sched­uled to take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22 and 28 and 29, as well as Oct. 5 and 6. Mati­nee per­for­mances will be­gin at 2 p.m., with evening per­for­mances at 7 p.m. Some Satur­days have two shows.

Prices are $15 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion; $12 for se­niors 60 and older, mil­i­tary, and col­lege stu­dents with valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion; and $6 for stu­dents 12th grade through be­low.

To buy tick­ets and find more in­for­ma­tion on the theatre and show, in­di­vid­u­als can visit https://theroy­alplay­ers.tick­etleap.com or www.theroy­altheatre.org.

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