Baron Stage will present ‘Les Miserables’

By on March 1, 2017
Kaley Yaeger portrays Eponine in Manheim Central High School’s production of “Les Miserables,” set for March 9 through 12.

Kaley Yaeger portrays Eponine in Manheim Central High School’s production of “Les Miserables,” set for March 9 through 12.

Manheim Central High School’s Baron Stage will present “Les Miserables” Thursday, March 9 through Sunday, March 12, in the high school auditorium, 400 Adele Ave., Manheim. Performances of the musical will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 9 through 11. A 2 p.m. matinee performance is scheduled for March 12. .

“Les Miserables” school edition is adapted from the Broadway musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel set in early 19th-century France, and tells the story of Jean Valjean after he is released from serving a 19-year prison sentence for stealing a loaf of bread. Valjean, portrayed by senior Marcus Huber, is faced with the decision to live in darkness and bitterness as he continues to be pursued by Inspector Javert, who will be played by Blair Martin and Tristan Klopp.

“He is a no-nonsense cop. He has a straightforward goal through the play,” Martin said of Javert, “He also has a recurring melody throughout the show.”

A MCHS senior, Martin first performed in a play in fourth grade, and he’s been performing on stage throughout his high school career. He will perform as Javert Friday and Saturday, while Klopp performs the role Thursday and Saturday. They also perform as other characters during their off times.

Joe Martin

Joe Martin

“This is my favorite musical; there’s amazing music and a great story,” said Kaley Yeager, who will portray Eponine. “There’s a huge range of emotions with Eponine — there are lovey-dovey scenes as well as battle scenes. She also has a really dramatic death, and it’s a lot of fun to play someone who shows so much emotion the whole time.”

A MCHS senior, she’s been performing since she did her first show in fifth grade.

“There are a lot of well-known songs from this show. The song that everyone knows is Eponine’s ‘On My Own’, but my favorite is ‘A Little Fall of Rain’, which she sings just before she dies,” Yeager explained.

Director Max Hunsicker said that performing a musical where the entire show is sung can be challenging, but the cast is up to the task.

“I’ve always liked this show,” he said. “It really has a heroine and a protagonist and great music. It’s not heavily choreographed, but the storyline is powerful and it travels well across the centuries. It will be the inaugural performance of ‘Les Miserables’ on the MCHS stage.”

All of the music will be played by the live orchestra, which Hunsicker said is a first for the spring musicals at MCHS. Assisting in the production of the show are assistant director Johnathan Shuey, vocal coach Christa Schimitch, and orchestra director John Brackbill.

There are 65 students in the cast, 20 crew members, and 20 musicians.

Gretchen Enterline

Gretchen Enterline

Advance tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7 and 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the MCHS lobby. Tickets may also be purchased at the door prior to each performance. All seats are reserved. Cost for tickets is $8 and $5.

Baron Stage is also hosting a logo contest. Manheim Central elementary and middle school students are invited to personalize the traditional Les Miserables logo featuring Cosette for the Manheim community. The drawings will be displayed in the high school lobby during the performances, and the winning logo will be selected by the votes of the audience. The student producing the winning drawing will receive $100, to be awarded at the final performance.

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