Warwick and King’s High pupils performed in the eagerly anticipated production of Les Misérables, which took place in Warwick Hall last week.
Les Misérables, School Edition is a shorter version, but none of the ‘critical’ songs or scenes are cut, and it has become the most popular schools musical in the world. Over 100 students from Warwick and King’s High performed, under the direction – a first for both schools - of their first student musical director, Sam Young.
Cat Price, Director of Drama at King’s High and Mike Perry, Director of Drama at Warwick School, said: ‘Les Misérables is one of the world’s best-loved and most iconic musicals, so it was an obvious choice for the first musical to be performed in Warwick Hall.’
With an imposing interpretation of the barricades, Warwick Hall was transformed to 19th Century Paris. The performances were all outstanding and the portrayals of the main characters were performed with emotion and passion, especially by Emily Boorman (Fantine), Josh Twemlow (Javert), Josh Simango (Jean Valjean), Lily Jones (Eponine), Poppy Whittaker (Cosette) and Harry Homer (Marius) to name but a few.
Fenella Twohig-Howell (Madame Thénardier) and Christian Leath (Thénardier), partners in crime, added a wicked sense of humour to this sombre yet life-affirming story.
There were many other incredible performances in this unforgettable production and audiences struggled to remember that these were all students at school.
The four nights were sold-out for weeks in advance and the audiences were mesmerised by the outstanding performances of the talented cast and the musicians behind the scenes.