THE release of the movie musical nailed box office figures to the wall, and now a group of Armidale students are bringing Les Miserables to life.
A production of The Armidale School (TAS) in conjunction with New England Girls’ School and PLC Armidale, the musical opened on Thursday night after months of rehearsals under director Emma Buzo, and musical directors Nik Glass, Amy Walsh and Leanne Roobol.
The production – a condensed version of the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel – follows the lives of several characters, beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, and focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.
“It is a very moving story and it’s not surprising it’s a favourite of many people,” director Emma Buzo said.
“The tragedy and beauty of the sacrifice the young revolutionaries make for what they believe in resonates with this cast, who have developed a strong sense of empathy while gaining a lesson in political and social history.
“But the over-riding message was how a kind deed given by someone, can effect your whole life.”
The set, including the famous barricade on a revolving stage built by students, staff andparents from the three schools.
The cast is accompanied by an orchestra of professional and talented amateur musicians.
The critical acclaim for the recent Academy Award-nominated film version of the musical starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe has created renewed interest in the musical.
The company was looking forward to a sell-out season of four performances at Armidale’s Hoskins Centre, which ends tonight.