Music and drama students from Guildford Grammar School and Perth College are set to launch one of the most ambitious musical productions ever staged at the School, with the School Edition of Les Misérables opening on Tuesday night.
Directed by Head of Drama and the Arts, Ms Jane Diamond, the cast of 42 performers, with a live 18-piece orchestra, have been rehearsing since the start of the year to bring this well-known and heart wrenching story to the stage, complete with a sensational set and stunning period costumes.
Based on Victor Hugo’s monumental novel of the same name and set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister's starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew, after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but police inspector, Javert, relentlessly tracks him through his life. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
Les Misérables will be held in the David Lawe Davies Centre at Guildford Grammar School on Tuesday 11, Thursday 13 and Saturday 14 August. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $12 for students or concession card holders and can be purchased online at www.ggs.wa.edu.au/les-miserables