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.