High School Theatre Quick Review: Les Misérables at Mount Saint Joseph Academy
3 things I enjoyed with this High School musical:
1) Simplicity in storytelling with a passionate cast of young actors.
2) Performances of Fantine, Eponine, and Enjoiras (Nina-Chae Gordon, Amanda Lamphere, and Neil Devlin) are of professional grade, particularly vocally.
3) Beautifully choreographed scene changes by an all student run crew.
Also of note:
Theatre is comfortable with padded seats, although snug. Good sight lines. Air-conditioned.
If noises bother you like they do me, lots of picture snaps and candy wrapper crackles. But, a lovely aroma of chocolate filled the auditorium for Act 2.
Run time was about 2:45 with intermission.
Synopsis from MTIshows.com:
In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust 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 police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.
Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through piece is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one of the greatest musicals ever written.
Les Misérables runs for two weekends and closes November 11th.
Photo: Sam Fritch Photography
Anne Marie holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Kutztown University. She has worked professionally in Philadelphia and Delaware County in stage management, directing, and producing. She is the owner of Nightcap Cabaret, Philadelphia’s philanthropic cabaret company. Over the past 20 years, Anne Marie has worked with Mazeppa Productions, The Walnut Street Theatre, Upper Darby Summer Stage, Encore Entertainment, Rockwell Productions, Media Theater, Players Club of Swarthmore, and Narberth Community Theatre, among others. Anne Marie served as a Barrymore nominator for Theatre Philadelphia for the 16/17 season and currently serves as an adjudicator for Philadelphia Independence Awards.
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