Nenagh Choral Society will achieve one its long term ambitions when it stages stages possibly one of the greatest musicals ever written, Les Misérables, for four nights only from September 28.
Under the production team of Greg Browne, Laura Kearney and Naomi Morrissey, the society established a youth academy under which it stages this show and have been granted full performance rights from Josef Weinberger.
Rehearsals for this full production show began at the beginning of the school holidays and the society experienced a surge in its Facebook fans as the younger generation latched on to the idea of being in a great show. Working hard through the summer the cast all, of whom are under 19, have had “the time of their lives “and as the final weeks unfold they are now perfecting every move and every song.
This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes an honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process.
The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.
Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, September 17, from DK Travel or on 086-3122725. With only four shows, early booking is advisable. The Choral Society has kept the ticket prices low, with tickets from E10 for a child and E15 for an adult.
Les Misérables runs from September 28 to October 1 in St Josephs’ CBS Secondary School Hall, with curtain up at 8pm.