Les Misérables, an enchantingly bold production
The first thing that strikes you about the Les Misérables: School edition, if you are a part time theatre goer like me, is that, it is a massive production with a big cast clad in musical-perfect 18th-century French regal fashion.
Stirling High School showed off two hours of enchanting music, impressively depicting tragic lives of the characters, comedy and just; drama. The lack of dancing is however noticeable. Based on French author Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel (of the same name), the musical premiered on Tuesday, February 25 at the East London Guild Theatre.
Stirling’s adaptation of the Les Miserables is a feast of incredibly strong, mature and controlled singing voices, impeccable attention to detail by the crew and, probably the cherry on top, a theatre full of captured families and friends.
The show is directed by Marcel Corson, musical direction by Kay Mosiane and Jacques Du Plessis as the Band Master. Corson raved about his cast and crew at the midway break; citing their improvisation and inspired acting as his highlight.
“The actors are in the moment; they are mastering acts better than in rehearsal. They see the fourth wall that protects them from focusing on the audience, but to feel the production and make it relatable,” he said.
An emotional story of an ex-convict, Jean Valjean (Travis Bhana), a French peasant and his desire for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving child. After his release, Valjean starts a new life inspired by a bishop, but he is tracked down by a police inspector for breaking his parole conditions.
The show is on every night from 6:30pm at the East London Guild Theatre, until Sunday, February 29, 2020. Tickets are available at Comp ticket at R100 for adults and R50 Scholars and pensioners.