Tuscola performs Les Mis

May 13, 2014

Tuscola High School chorus students will be presenting several of the classic numbers from the most popular Broadway musical, "Les Miserables."

The show will take place at 7 p.m. May 16 and at 1 p.m. May 17 in the Tuscola High auditorium. Admission costs $6 and will be taken up at the door.

Many of the students also will be performing solos and duets from other Broadway shows that relate to the theme.

The cast includes Ben Sears as Jean Valjean; Ross Buchanan as Javert; Woody Cornwell as Marius; Jackson Neal as Enjolras; Sarah Childers ad Fantine, Sadie Crider as Eponine; Laura Parks as Cosette; Taryn Thompson as Little Cosette; Madison Sugg as Madame Thenardier and Zach Clemmons as Monsieur Thenardier.

Chorus, supporting roles and other solos include Chase Carpenter, Parker Hunt, Jacob Hunt, Sydney Nichols, Sarah Cook, Chelsea Riddle, Madeline Ottinger, Macey Davis, Sarah Green, Jessica Smith, Bella Javens, Julia Grosse and Katie Hefner

"I cannot think of a better musical to incorporate the importance of morality and fighting for what you believe is right," said Tuscola chorus teacher Ashley Setzer. "The novel was written at such a time of unrest in the world, and, yet, Victor Hugo creates magnificent beauty through the terror."

The theme of love, which is so prevalent in this musical, is what Setzer believes to be the healer of all ugliness in this world.

"Through studying this musical, the students have seen that love can happen in the most horrible circumstances or in the most seemingly evil people and turn that harshness into something good," she said. "This musical is written in an operatic type of setting. The entire show is sung. The vocal demands that this production entails have been strenuous on the students and they have worked hard to understand the correct technique to deliver this material."

Setzer said anyone who sees the show will walk away with their hearts touched — either by a well placed lyric or a soaring tone produced by these talented singers. The students are so very excited to send this lovely message out into Haywood County: "To love another person is the see the face of God."