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High school musical to premiere in early January

Middle Park High School students perform in the February musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone." This year's fall show will feature COVID-19 precautions as the students put on "Les Miserables School Edition."
Amy Golden / agolden@skyhinews.com

Despite a challenging year — from remote auditions to online rehearsals, quarantines and the devastating East Troublesome Fire — the Middle Park High School theater program is getting ready to produce its fall show, which will be in January this year.

The cast and crew of students in all high school grades and three eighth-graders have been rehearsing and designing for “Les Miserables School Edition” since late August.

Theater Director Christal McDougall said she selected this show in part because it works as a “concert version,” meaning students can remain distanced while on stage with no scenery or set changes to follow safety protocols. There likely won’t be an in-person audience, but the show will be videoed on Jan. 9 for either live-streaming or on-demand viewing.

Seniors Cesar Arreguin and AJ Knorr star as Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert. The cast features seniors Madeline Ruttenberg as Eponine, John Luna as Enjolras, and Tobi Elerick and Emma Lane as the Thenardiers. Sophomores Olivia Kendziorski, Sarah Lantermans and Connor Murdoch will play Fantine, Cosette, and Marius respectively. Young Cosette is played by eighth-grader Liv Svoboda, and her classmate Tyler Maurais plays the young rebel Gavroche.

The theater program will not be charging admission to watch whether in person or virtually, but donations to the program are welcome and appreciated.

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