During rehearsal, Doug Bishop, left, in his role as Monsieur Thenardier, sings a little information to Inspector Jarvet, played by Grant Foreman.
During rehearsal, Doug Bishop, left, in his role as Monsieur Thenardier, sings a little information to Inspector Jarvet, played by Grant Foreman. (Jill Murphy photo , Carroll County Times)

It's been on Broadway, it's been a movie and now a version of it will be at North Carroll High School.

The NCHS Drama Club is presenting "Les Miserables School Edition."

Shows are at 7 p.m. today, Saturday and May 10 and 11 in the school auditorium.

The musical, set in 19th-century France, tells the tale of Jean Valjean, a petty thief serving a 19-year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread. Released and then given a second chance by a kindly bishop, Valjean vows to start his life anew.

He tears up the yellow ticket which identified him as a convict and takes a new name. He becomes a wealthy man and mayor of a prosperous town. He ends up adopting a young girl, Cosett, after rescuing her from cruel and conniving innkeepers Monsier and Madame Thenardier.

He is relentlessly pursued by Police Inspector Javert, who doesn't believe criminals can change. Years pass and Paris is in state of unrest as the one man in government who is kind to the poor lies on his deathbed. A group of idealistic students prepares for a revolution and one of the students, Marius, meets Cosett and they fall instantly in love. Valjean finally finds redemption when he saves Marius' life.

"I love it. I mean it's my absolute favorite show and I felt like we could do it - if we really worked hard, we could do it," said Roberta Gore, NCHS drama teacher and director.

"Les Mis" is an ambitious project for the drama club, calling for a cast of 58, including nine or 10 elementary students, and a few middle school students helping out backstage. "This is definitely a North Carroll community experience," Gore said.

Senior Terin Kelsey was cast as Valjean for his last role at NCHS. "It's very, very bittersweet," Kelsey said. "It's definitely been one of the biggest influences on my high school career. I'm going to miss it."

Hampstead Elementary student Jenna Wiggett plays young Cosett and her sister Amber, a NCHS student, has the role of Eponine, daughter of the Thenardiers. The Thenardiers are played by Doug Bishop and Samantha Kapinos, while Grant Foreman is Inspector Javert.

Older Cosett is played by Sara McConnell, and Jason Fowler has the role of Marius, a large part and only his second time in a musical. "I really like the experience. It's a lot of work ... It's certainly taught me how to do my schoolwork on time," Fowler said.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The school is at 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.

For more information, call 410-751-3450.

Mini quilt bingo

Everybody's Quilt Guild is sponsoring a Miniature Quilt Bingo at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Manchester fire company activities building, 3297 York St., Manchester.

Prizes include quilted wall hangings, table runners or even quilted purses. Door prizes will be gardening items, Bath and Body Works items, and more.

A 50/50 raffle as well as several quilt raffles will be going on during the bingo.

Tickets, for 20 games, are $12 if purchased by May 9 and $15 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.

Everybody's Quilt Guild meets the first Wednesday of the month at The Portico at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster. Prospective members are asked to attend two meetings before they join. Dues are $30 a year.

The guild supports several charitable organizations at every meeting, such as Carroll County Food Sunday and Project Linus. Members also fund a $1,500 grant that is awarded to a student from Carroll County to continue his or her education in a textile-related field.

For more information or tickets, call Luray Rill at 410-833-6633.

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