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'Les Mis' comes to the GIHS stage

by jmaloni
Fri, Jan 13th 2012 05:50 pm
Grand Island High School students are preparing to perform the musical `Les Misérables` Feb. 2, 3 and 4. From left, Rachel Ripellino, Nick Winger and Mads Goc rehearse the song `Master of the House` from the show. (photo by Larry Austin)
Grand Island High School students are preparing to perform the musical "Les Misérables" Feb. 2, 3 and 4. From left, Rachel Ripellino, Nick Winger and Mads Goc rehearse the song "Master of the House" from the show. (photo by Larry Austin)

Grand Island students are preparing to bring the international musical sensation "Les Misérables" (school edition) to life on the Grand Island stage. Opening night is set for Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. A cast of nearly 100 students will perform songs made famous by professional performances of "Les Misérables" in 30 countries in 196 cities. The appeal to audiences has not dimmed since its opening at the Barbican Theater in London on Oct. 8, 1985. A school in Sydney, Australia, secured the rights to perform the show in 2000. As a result, a school production was developed for amateur productions of casts under the age of 19. Its popularity for school productions and youth theater continues to grow throughout the world.

In addition to opening night, there will be three additional performances: Friday, Feb. 3; Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and a special Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. in the Grand Island High School auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road. Tickets are $8 general admission for the evening shows with a special three-ticket pass available for $20. Matinee tickets are $5 each. Tickets are available from all cast members. Reserved tickets are recommended for this production. Tickets can be held on reserve by calling the high school Music Department at 773-8820.

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