Colleges stage Les Miserables

Last updated 11:44 19/07/2012
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Conflict: Logan Beasley, left, with Oliver Witowski and Timothy Helbano rehearse for their production of Les Miserables.

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Wellington music fans will be in for a treat when popular show Les Miserables hits the stage at St Patrick's College next week.

The show, which will run from July 23 to 26, will be performed by students from five colleges in the Wellington region, St Patrick's, St Mary's, St Catherine's, Wellington East Girls' and Chilton St James School.

The cast of 71 has been rehearsing twice a week for more than two months and director Andrew Brennan said he was confident the students' hard work would pay off.

“It's been very challenging for everyone," he said. "There has been a lot of work involved, but it will be well worth it. It's going to be a great show.”

Musical director Roger Powdrell said he hoped the production would be inspiring for students and the audience.

“It's such an inspiring story and it's great that we can share that with people,” he said.

The musical Les Miserables, which is based on Victor Hugo's book of the same name, tells the tale of outcast Jean Valjean and explores life in 19th century revolutionary France.

The story deals with issues of moral conflict, poverty, crime, religion and love. Seventeen-year-old St Pat's College student Logan Beasley, who plays the character of Jean Valjean, said he thought the musical would cater for audience members of all tastes.

“There's something in the musical for everyone. Most people can relate to it in some way or the other,” he said.

Timothy Helbano, 16, also from St Pat's, will play Javert. He said he was really excited about performing. "It's such a great opportunity and I can't wait,” he said.

The show will feature a live orchestra.

Tickets: online at or from St Patrick's College cashier. Cost: $20 adults, $15 students.

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- The Wellingtonian


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