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Les Miserables Premieres at Brien McMahon on Friday

Sixty student actors perform passionately in musical

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Norwalk, CT | Added on March 26, 2014 At 02:18 PM

Two days more until Brien McMahon High School will perform its spring production of Les Miserables.

"Even though there's so much sadness throughout the whole entire play, you still see little glimpses of light and power and passion," said student producer Celia Pardo. "There's a lot of passion in this play from coming from all different characters." 

Voices rang out in song in the high schools auditorium Tuesday night as 60 student cast members took the stage rehearse alongside a student orchestra.   

"Les Miserables is a straight musical, so making sure people learned their music was very important in the first couple months," said student director Millie Cunningham. 

"It's all music," said Andrea Barros. "So it has been very difficult. Finally we've been rehearsing this week with the orchestra and staging everything and it is finally coming together."  

The beloved play follows the story line of characters throughout redemption, oppression and revolution in 19th-century France. The three hour play is directed by Frank Arcari.  

"In the book the characters are much older than 18 and 20 so you're watching these kids acting on stage," said assistant student producer Elle Buellesbach. "And these kids actually died in 1830's France trying to fight for something better." 

Students say they've been rehearsing since December 

"It's very emotional," said senior Andrea Barros, who plays Fantine. "I have to channel myself and get into a certain place where I can become her and kind of face everything that she faced when she was in this situation." 

"The way Jean Valjean takes Cosette under his wing, my technically step mom did the same thing for me and she passed away a year ago," said student actor Claire Govoni. "And it's definitely really emotional." 

The play will be performed on March 28 and 29 and April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at 


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