Curtain rises on 'Les Miserables'

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BENNINGTON — The curtain goes up on Thursday, Nov. 10 on the Mount Anthony Union High School Drama Club's presentation of "Les Miserables," the second longest-running musical in the world. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the musical is set in early 19th-century France and follows the stories of many characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution.

Featuring memorable songs that include "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Do you Hear the People Sing?", "Les Miserables" was nominated for twelve Tony Awards, winning eight, including Best Musical and Best Original Score since premiering in France in 1980.

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.

The Drama Club has been hard at work practicing since early September for this outstanding musical.

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in the MAU Main Office.

The MAUHS Drama Club is a very active group of talented and creative students. They produce at least three shows each year, usually a fall musical, a winter drama and a spring comedy or improv. Past productions include "The Addams Family," "Oliver!", "Beauty and the Beast," "Dracula," "Romeo and Juliet," "The Sound of Music," "Noises Off" and many more. All students are welcome and encouraged to audition for each production. In addition, club members are involved in all other aspects of theater including set construction, costumes, props, sound and lights. The director of the musical (and Drama Club adviser) Tim Foley will be retiring this year after 20 years of teaching CDC Theatre Arts. For more information, call 447-7511.

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