Buffalo Grove High School Theater Arts Program Presents Les Misérables School Edition - Entirely Student Performed Adaptation of the Legendary Musical That Has Thrilled Millions Worldwide
Students from Buffalo Grove High School in Buffalo Grove, IL are studying history through the arts with a production of Les Misérables School Edition, an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon which is performed entirely by students. The public may enjoy four performances in the BGHS Miller Theater on Friday, April 13, Saturday, April 14, Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, each beginning at 7pm. Tickets cost $10 (plus service charge) online and $12 at the door. Concessions will be sold. Les Misérables School Edition has a running time of just over two and a half hours (including intermission). To guarantee your choice of seating, please purchase tickets online at BGHS.D214.org/tickets. Reach out to House Managers Mr. Eric Garneau and Ms. Robin Christie with any questions.
“Les Misérables is one of the most popular musicals in the world and features one of the most memorable scores of all time. Through their production, these students are playing their own part in an epic piece of musical theatre history while offering their own take on themes like revolution, free speech, conviction and redemption. We hope you’ll join us in giving them a standing ovation!” says Drew Cohen, president of Music Theatre International.
Les Misérables School Edition is a version of the classic musical by Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schöneberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. The School Edition is specially adapted and licensed by Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Ltd. International theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh supervised the creation of a school edition of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s epic musical in order to nurture a passion for the theater among youth.
This epic story of Les Misérables 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.
The Buffalo Grove High School Cast is lead by Directors Ms. Lauren Stenzel and Ms. Beth Wells, with Vocal Direction by Ms. Debora Utley and Rehearsal Accompaniment by Ms. Jeannie Workman. The cast features students Henry Allan, Matt Allaire, Aleksandr Azarov, Lidija Babic, Zoe Childs, Lauren Clarke, Olivia Clarke, Carly Colen, Aaron Custer, Rianna Deckowitz, Kayce Drevline, Haley Durso, Mya Estanislao, Lucia Faraci, Abbey Finn, Janelle Finton, Samantha Ford, Grace Gayhart, Andrew Goldberg, Samantha Goodmanson, Hannah Greenspan, Eva Greiner, Meghan Griffin, Sebastian Gutierrez, Zoey Heinrich, Nathan Hernandez, Lorraine Jamison, Peyton Johnson, Zoe Jurkowski, Lea Karpov, Tristan Klein, Gianna Kontos, Antonio Laverd, Alex Lissau, Jasmine Luethy, Samantha Macauley, Audrey Marshall, Jaylen Mata, Silvia Morales, Madeline Morrison, Braulio Muro, Trevor North, Brooke Oglesbee, Ella Palffy, Brianne Pearlman, Ian Peckham, Christian Puga, Ruth Ramos, Caterina Rodriguez, Christopher Rodriguez, Katie Salzman, James Sauer, Katharine Schickel, Michael Seyller, Lily Shane, Mia Shiakallis, Kimberly Smedinghoff, Lida Tetyusheva, Emma White, and Elizabeth Winter.
The Costume Crew, lead by Costume & Make-Up Director Debbie Andres, includes students Deyana Atanasova, Ariell Davis, Bryan Dominguez, Carol Heiberger, Nimra Khan, Parul Kumar, Ilana Pond, Kayla Reifschneider, Itzel Segura, Adiba Shakeel, Montgomery Stevens, Pavlina Tenekejieva, and Peyton Young.
The Pit Orchestra, conducted and directed by Mr. Henry Kappler, includes Jared Cihlar, James Cozzi, Cassandra Deckowitz, Nicole Dillie, Nathan Finkelshteyn, Lucie Greene, Sydney Jackson, Lillian Justie, Ryanne Lee, Corey Lieu, Annabelle McCombs, Marianne Mejia, Helen Niu, Rio Ondo, Sydney Paunan, Rachel Platt, Eleanor Rojas, Ellie Sander, Rachel Schoeneman, Andrew Siegel, Alexander Smith, Caroline Smith, Nolan Son, Jeremy Stenger, Hannah Sternberg, and Mitchell Trubitt.
The Tech Crew, lead by Technical Director Mr. Ed Moon and Lighting & Sound Director Mr. Ethan Goldspiel, is comprised of Brian Angeliu, Thomas Bahary, Katherine Baumeister, Ryan Bayliss, Elizabeth Brick, Alex Chamedyuk, Charles Buehler, Annabelle Chang, Timothy Cooper, Ariell Davis, Ethan Ernst, Allison Feder, Melissa Gibbs, Nathan Gleason, Ryan Gledhill, Samantha Goodmanson, Lucie Greene, Ish Gupta, Laurel Hart, Lynnette Hartwell, Kyle Howe, Rachel Kearney, Michael Keeley, Kate Koblas, Jolan Kruse, Sydney Larson, Angella Lee, Kailin Lugo, Helen Niu, Brandon Puga, Melanie Reitman, Jacob Richards, Phoebe Rusch, Rachel Schoeneman, Jenefer Shin, Ryan Staehle, Katrin Svadlena, Avery Weissman, and Ian-Michael Yambao.