Les Miserables (School Edition)
by Kids Theatre Network
KTN delights again with their production of Victor Hugo's novel
Les Miserables. Translated as “the Miserable Ones,” is a narrative about a people’s struggle against adversity in 19th century France. The story follows the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. The play examines the nature of law, and expounds upon the history of France, politics, moral philosophy, justice, and religion.
Les Miserables was originally adapted into a play by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
Katie Westbrook showed an emotional and beautiful portrayal of Fantine and a lovely singing voice with a heartfelt rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream".
Stirring performances were also turned in by Zachary Manlapid (Enjolras) as leader of the student uprising, Shelby Westbrook (Gavroche), the street-smart urchin who "runs" Saint Michel, and Maxine Sutton (Young Cosette), who delivered a beautifully sweet and sad "Castle On A Cloud."
The finale was huge, bringing together all those who had died, survived, battled, fought and wrestled with morality itself, and provided a memorable ending. But, for this reviewer at least, the peak of the show was the climactic “One Day More” done with an inspiring energy that was evident in all the cast. Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of this production was the consistent acting from the large ensemble. Director Lynne Broyles and Musical Director Claire Orona made this rather difficult-to-perform musical into a tight, well-rehearsed production.
Performed June 28th- 30th, 2013
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