Absegami High’s Drama Club Tackles Famed Musical Les Miserables
The Emanon Players, Absegami High School’s award-winning drama club, will be presenting the school edition of the legendary Broadway musical Les Miserables over the next two weekends at the Absegami High School Performing Arts Center in Galloway Township.
This production has been specially adapted for high school students and is entirely performed by students while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written.
This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.
Originally adapted from Victor Hugo’s timeless novel, LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION introduces a new generation to the grand and inspirational story that has touched the hearts of millions. For, within LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION lies the universal truth “To love another person is to see the face of God.”
The production stars Absegami sophomore Zach Hassel as Jean Valjean, as well as junior Nathan Moore as Javert, senior Malia Monk as Fantine, senior Gabrielle Hughes as Cosette, sophomore Abby Cohen as Eponine, junior Nicholas Hathaway as Marius, junior Brady Bock as Enjorlas, sophomore Michael Moore as Thenardier and junior Colleen Garrison as Madame Thenardier. Rounding out the cast are Aaron Sartorio, Tyler Brito, C. J. Coyle, Brandon Castillo, Austin Beaulieu, Saverio Turrano, Jess Schrading, Isabelle Brown, Rachel Cohen, Kyri Saint Germain, Luis Ozoria, Joshua Wescoat, Ashley Fox, Maggie Cohen, Lexi Patterson, Andrea Rapetti, Natalie Frantz, Matt Brennan, John Lopez, Jordan Geigel, Angela Capella, Brandi Aldredge, Brianna Gargione, Juliet Melnik, Miranda Muniz, Molly Deibert, Sandy Hambel, Sarah Heintz, Sophia Turrano and Nicole Marmolejos-Cepada.
The cast also includes local elementary school students Abby Murphy as Young Cosette, Emily Deibert as Young Eponine and Reilly Hall as Gavroche, with Gavroche’s Gang played by Cali Jack, Victoria Williams and Mackenzie Hackney.
The play is directed by Absegami High School drama director Chip Garrison with the vocal and instrumental music under the direction of Galloway Township Middle School teacher Brian Conover.
Showtimes are Friday, March 14th and Saturday, March 15th at 7pm, Sunday, March 16th at 3pm, Friday 21st and Saturday March 22nd at 7pm.
Reserved seating tickets for the production are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased in advance on the evenings of March 3, 4, 5 & 6 and March 10, 11, 12 & 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the front lobby of Absegami High School; remaining available tickets will also be sold before each performance. For more information, call (609) 404-2073 x3502 or absegami.net