After a triumphant opening weekend, the students of Heritage Academy are preparing to deliver their final three performances of Les Misérables April 27-29 at the school’s outdoor courtyard.
The beloved musical, based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, is set in 19th century France and follows the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict who seeks redemption while being pursued by the ruthless Inspector Javert.
The cast of 65 students takes attendees on a journey through the streets of Paris, as they sing and dance their way through some of the most memorable songs in musical theatre history, including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “One More Day.”
Director Marcus Ellsworth said the team of actors, stagecraft and technical directors have been working on the production since January.
Week after week, Ellsworth said they dedicated long hours to auditions, rehearsals and perfecting the set.
All 65 actors have been split into two casts, except for Dane Adams who will take part in every single production.
Adams is taking the lead as the complex and multifaceted Jean Valjean, who learns compassion, forgiveness and redemption along the way.
“As a junior, he is just exceptional,” Ellsworth said. “I’m really proud of the whole cast.”
Other stars include Cooper Price and Karsten Bogle as inspector Javert, and Cydney Williford and Sadie Titus as Fantine.
When choosing a spring musical, Ellsworth likes to tailor it to his students.
“I look at who I have, what students I have,” he said. “I knew I had the talent for Les Mis.”
Showtime is 7 p.m. each evening, and tickets are $12-$15.