by Jared DeVries
An epic tale of survival and redemption, Les Misérables, will be performed by the PCHS Theatre Troupe on October 26, 27, and 28. Director Marlo Van Peursem has wanted to perform Les Misérables for a long time, and now he believes he has enough quality singers to pull it off. “This musical is entirely sung, so there is lots of music to learn and memorize,” said Van Peursem. “It is also very well-known, so there are lots of standards to live up to.”
Set in 19th century France, Les Misérables tells the story of a recently released prisoner named Jean Valjean. Because of continued mistreatment after years of unjust imprisonment, Valjean breaks his parole to start a new life. This causes police inspector Javert to pursue him for the rest of his life. Les Misérables also tells the stories of Fantine, a single mom; Cosette, an orphan; and Marius, who leads a group in revolting against an oppressive government.
The cast includes senior Thomas Dykstra as Jean Valjean, junior Tyler Egesdal as Inspector Javert, senior Ryan Van Gilst as Marius, senior Mara Juffer as Cosette, and senior Bethany Wilson as Eponine. The cast seems generally confident that this will be an amazing and successful performance. “This musical is a huge challenge for our department, but every time we challenge ourselves, we exceed expectations,” said Van Gilst.
Van Peursem will have assistance in directing the musical from Tim Van Voorst for music, Brenna Vogel for choreography, and Daryl Van Zee for tech. Senior Rebekah Lanferman will serve as the student director. Performances will begin at 7:00 in the Vermeer Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale on October 16, costing $6 for students and $10 for adults.
Van Peursem is excited to see the whole performance come together and deliver an amazing and inspiring message. “This is great musical with a powerful theme of redemption and forgiveness. You are not going to want to miss it,” said Van Peursem.