RHS marks 35 years of musicals with ‘Les Misérable’ in March

Cast and pit-orchestra rehearsals, set-building, and technical preparations are in full swing at Ridgefield High School for the 2013 musical Les Misérable, student edition. Here, director Joyce Flanagan (center) works on staging a scene with actors (from left to right) Michael Shofi, Rachel Moroknek, Rachel Corley and Sam Gravitte as other cast members look on. —Joseph Heinzmann photo

Ridgefield High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, under the direction of Joyce Flanagan, will be celebrating 35 years of Ridgefield High School musicals with its presentation of Les Misérable, student edition.

Performances will take place March 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on March 10 at 2 p.m. (snow date is March 17 at 2 p.m.)

Epic, grand, and uplifting, many consider Les Misérable to be the most popular musical in the world. Set in 19th Century France, it is the story of a petty-thief Jean Valjean, who is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds the public continues to mistrust and mistreat him. He breaks his parole after a kindly bishop shows him compassion, setting the stage for Valjean’s life-long struggle for redemption and a police inspector’s obsession with his capture.

All tickets are $10, general admission, and will be sold at the door.

Ridgefield seniors with a Gold Card are invited to attend one performance for free. Groups of 10 or more may purchase advanced tickets by contacting Ruth at 203-431-9061. The show will be performed in two acts and is rated PG.

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