The Fine Arts Department at North Kingstown High School is proud to be presenting six performances of the musical phenomenon “Les Misérables”, an epic tale of passion and redemption in the throes of revolution. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, “Les Misérables” is a true modern classic featuring one of the most memorable musical scores of all time.
This production follows last year’s sold-out performances of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”, for which NKHS student Cooper Cardone won “Best Leading Actor” at the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Awards. “Les Misérables” is set in nineteenth-centuryFrance and follows the story of Jean Valjean (played by Cardone). He is released from years of unjust imprisonment and tries to start a new life, but is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe that Valjean can change his ways. The climax is set during the Paris student uprising of 1832, when a conflicted Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life. This epic and grand masterpiece overflows with melodies, including favorites like “I Dreamed a Dream”, “One Day More” and “On My Own”. The NKHS production includes more than 60 student cast members and musicians, plus some aspiring young performers from middle and elementary schools. Unique to this year’s show is the use of a rotating set to create seamless scene changes on a large turn-table sourced directly from a Broadway production.
“Last year’s production received such an overwhelming response that we decided to increase from four to six shows this year,” said Norma Caiazza, NKHS teacher and director of the musical. “It’s the unbelievable support we receive from the community that enables us to stage award-winning musical productions and provide the students with a truly memorable theater experience.”
Tickets will be sold in advance of the show at Dave’s Marketplace of Wickford and Quonset, The North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, North Kingstown High School and at Baker’s Pharmacy in Jamestown. Ticket prices are $12 in advance and $15 at the door (students $12 anytime).