Les Miserables concert version to take centre stage at Wellington School (From This is The West Country)
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Les Miserables concert version to take centre stage at Wellington School
WHEN the critically-acclaimed Les Miserables hit our cinema screens earlier this year, few doubted it would enjoy great success.
The world's longest running music captured the hearts of audiences young and old, becoming one of the most talked about films of 2013.
Now, students at Wellington School are hoping to do just that with a spectacular concert version - ten years on since the show was last staged by the school.
Musical director Andrew Trehella explained: “Earlier this year, our Jean Valjean [one of the show's fictional characters] of 2003, Bob Moran, now a political cartoonist with the Daily Telegraph, contacted the school and pointed out it was our show's tenth anniversary and proposed we do something to mark the occasion.
“I wrote to Sir Cameron Mackintosh [the show's theatrical producer], telling him our story and asking him if any sort of concert version might be conceivably possible.
“To my surprise and delight, he has licensed a special concert version for us.”
Wellington was the first school or college in the South-West to stage the schools' edition of the phenomenally successful version of Les Miserables, ten years ago.
The concert version has only been performed a handful of times, the last in 2004 by the West End cast at Windsor Castle to the Queen and the then President of France, Jacques Chirac, to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale.
It features one hour of highlights, including all the best-loved songs such as I dreamed a dream, Stars, On my own, Master of the House, Bring him Home and One Day More.
Andrew added: “Bob and I have worked for months to bring together members of our 2003 cast and more recent board-treading alumni to return for one night only to perform this fantastic score.
“It's an enormous and exciting project and I'm delighted to say that Wellington School is once again in the grip of Les Mis fever.”
Performances are at 6pm and 8.30pm on Saturday (November 2) in the school's Great Hall. Tickets cost £12 from 01823-668850.
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