The Hopkinton High School Drama Ensemble will present the school edition of Les Miserables, the musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel.
Performances will be held at the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.
The school offers this description of the musical:
"Les Miserables recounts the life of paroled petty thief Jean Valjean as he struggles for redemption and quest for freedom from the relentless pursuit of the insidious Inspector Javert. The HHS Drama Ensemble brings to life the struggle against adversity and the strength of the human spirit in 19th century France through this powerfully uplifting musical."
According to the school, the cast was chosen in the spring so that the actors could develop their characters and rehearse the score over the summer.
“Les Miserables is an incredibly demanding show and I needed to know I could cast it before I committed to doing it," said director Valerie von Rosenvinge. "We had over 50 students, including many (then) 8th graders, come to auditions and I was thrilled with the depth of talent. Isaac Brody, the musical director, and I found what we were looking for and decided to forge ahead. It is one of the most difficult theatrical productions to mount and we are on track to deliver something that is guaranteed to wow our audiences. I am frequently moved to tears during rehearsals. The students, leads and ensemble alike, have committed themselves to a level of excellence often associated with college productions. I look forward to sharing their talent with the entire Hopkinton community.”
Les Miserables showcases a Tony Award-winning score including the songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master of the House," and "On My Own."
Tickets for the high school performance are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. TIckets will be available at the door or in advance at the Hopkinton High School office.
Laura Franzini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.