‘Les Mis’ comes to Suffolk

Published 10:06 pm Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Tickets are on sale for the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Theatre Department’s weekend performances of the timeless classic “Les Misérables.” These shows will be held Friday through Sunday at the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Main Campus, 3373 Pruden Blvd.

The cast and crew of approximately 75 NSA students will perform “Les Misérables School Edition,” adapted and licensed by Musical Theatre International. They will bring to their school stage the world’s longest-running musical and a “true modern classic,” as described on the Musical Theatre International website.

Audiences will be taken back to 19th-century France. Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment, according to the synopsis on the Musical Theatre International website.

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“He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways,” the synopsis states. “Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.”

Director Renée Mitchell said the students have been rehearsing since the fall. The performances will include the Upper School chorus, and a dedicated cast and crew of students working both behind the scenes and in the spotlight.

“We just have an outstanding group of students right now,” Mitchell said.

She said that this show will appeal to all ages in the Suffolk community, with talented Suffolk students performing “top-of-the-line Broadway entertainment.”

“You can’t get any better in musical theater than ‘Les Misérables,’” she said.

The shows will be held at the NSA Main Campus at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets will be $15, while children, students and seniors will pay $10. All proceeds will benefit the performing arts at NSA.

For more information, call the NSA Upper School office at 539-8789.