Kingston’s Holy Cross Secondary School takes on Les Miserables

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

It’s an opportunity that only comes along once a year — a chance to take in elite high school theatre.
Beginning Wednesday night — the Holy Cross Secondary School arts department presents the musical “Les Miserables.”     Here’s Mike Postovit.
Yes — the countdown is on.     It’s been months in the planning and rehearsal stages — in fact students began their journey to opening night in the 3rd week of school.     Hard work and plenty of practice has come to an end.

Just a taste of this mammoth undertaking.     This is actually a dress rehearsal for some elementary school students.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France.     Les Mis tells the story of broken dreams, love, passion, sacrifice and redemption — a testament to the survival of the human spirit.

This is truly a team effort and it has been since day-1.

Sara Doyle/Actress

“There’s about 60 people in the cast and then there’s so many people that put so much effort into making this show work.     So many behind the scenes people — lighting, tech, make-up hair — and our amazing directors.

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Doyle

“I play Cosette.     Yeah — right there — that’s me.     (Laughter…..)

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Doyle

“I kind of put myself in her shoes — and I can relate to her in a way — we’re both the same age in the show and she’s madly in love so I just have to put myself in her shoes and feel what she feels.”

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Alex Daicar/Actor

“I’m Javert — I think yeah I’ve made it my own role — the part of Javert is a very interesting part for sure.     He has many different elements to him — a lot of people think he’s one-sided and sort of angry — but I try to bring more of a character to it.

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Daicar
“It sort of changes as the story goes on — that’s how I think I play my character.”

Doyle

“I think see it on Broadway was super cool and I think that kind of inspired our directors to do this show and i know when we saw it, all of us students were like — this is what we want to do — and when it was announced that we were doing it, we were super excited.”

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Reporter

Les Mis is the hottest ticket in town as all performances except Saturday’s matinee are sold out.
Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston.

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