Preview: Les Misérables School Edition, March 15-17
Performed entirely by students.
A musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years
of 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 Inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. After his release, Valjean meets Fantine, a factory worker who sent her child, Cosette, to live with the innkeepers, M. and Mme. Thénardier in another town. The Thénardiers have another daughter, Eponine, whom they treat much better than Cosette. The women of the factory insist that Fantine be fired because of her loose morals. After Fantine dies of tuberculosis, Valjean adopts Cosette from the Thénardiers.
Ten years pass, and Eponine has fallen in love with Marius, a student in an idealistic revolutionary group led by Enjolras. However, Marius does not return her affection, and instead falls in love with Cosette. After the death of General Lamarque, the only government official sympathetic to the poor, Enjolras rallies the troops to fight the French government, and they build a barricade in the streets of Paris. Javert sneaks on to
the barricade to spy on the students, pretending to join the revolution. As the men defend the barricade, Valjean arrives to make sure Marius survives the night. In thanks for joining the fight, Enjolras allows Valjean to execute Javert, who Valjean instead releases. At the barricade, it quickly becomes evident that the people of France will not join the students in their revolt, and they are all eventually killed by the French army. Valjean saves Marius, and escapes through the sewers, where he meets Thénardier and Javert. Unable to reconcile his civil and moral duties, Javert takes his own life. After Marius recovers, Valjean reveals his true identity, and tells Marius that in order to protect Cosette, she can never know who he really is. Thénardier and Madame Thenardier crash Marius and Cosette’s wedding reception and expose that Valjean was the one who saved Marius from the barricade. Marius and Cosette rush to Valjean’s bedside. As he dies, the spirits of Fantine and Eponine guide him to paradise, where he joins the spirits of Enjolras, Gavroche, and the other rebels at the barricade. Don’t forget to stay after the Friday show for the talkback, where the cast and crew will answer your questions about the production and rehearsal process! Performance Dates and Times:March 15 at 7:00 p.m.March 16 at 7:00 p.m.March 17 at 7:00 p.m.Performance Location:Smith Stage at the Lykes Center for the Arts
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