STILLWATER — Revenge, redemption and revolution will take center stage at Stillwater Area High School this month as its theater department presents “Les Misérables School Edition,” a slightly shortened version of the hit Broadway musical.
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel and set against the backdrop of 19th century France, “Les Misérables” tells the story of Jean Valjean an ex-convict determined to live a moral and righteous life. Valjean breaks parole in order to begin anew, but is doggedly pursued by Javert, a policeman obsessed with law and order.
The rest of the musical follows the men's years-long game of cat and mouse, from rural France in 1815 to 1830s Paris, a city simmering with political tension as students plan an ill-fated rebellion. Other major characters include the tragic heroine Fantine; Fantine's orphaned daughter, Cosette; Marius, a young revolutionary who quickly becomes Cosette's love interest; and Eponine, a street-smart teenager in love with Marius.
Running at well over two hours, and comprised entirely of song, “Les Misérables” is demanding of its cast members, but Stillwater Area High School's young performers are up to the challenge. Performances run April 5-7 and 11-13. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students, and can be purchased online at showtix4u.com/events/sahs.