SHS Presents Stylish & Sensational Production Of Les Miserables Feb. 24-26
A cast of nearly 50 students will take the stage this month in the Saugatuck High School production of “Les Miserables.”
Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Saugatuck High School, 401 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets are available in advance at the high school office or at brownpapertickets.com.
“We’ve built a reputation of putting on first-class productions and this one will likely top the others if the rehearsals are any indication — and we’ve deliberately kept the ticket prices very low to make attending affordable to the vast majority of our community,” said director Tom Zemon, a television and theater veteran.
He worked on “Les Miserables” on Broadway for 10 years. He has had roles in television shows including “Gossip Girl,” “Law and Order” and on soap operas. The Saugatuck production of “Les Miserables,” based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, will have a unique feel.
“I’m excited to be re-imagining the piece with a darker, edgier, more youthful vibe,” Zemon said. “I’ve asked the musical director, the tremendously talented Sue Ann Culp, to take the music back as much as possible to the original rock and roll roots that are so prevalent in the original French concept recordings.”
The production has a “somewhat abstract set design and a beautiful costume collection that we’re excited for people to see,” he added.
The cast includes: Corbin Blink, Lelaina Boyce, McKenzie Boyce, Chloe Cassidy, Dan Chalice, Hans Chelesvig, Maddie Dedic, Delaney Dewey-Harney, Gabrielle Doughty, Sophia M. Distefano, Kate Ellison, Isabella Fisher, Gracie Ford, Ally Giles, Cole Giles, Grace Greenwood, Jean-Luc Gustaitis, Mason Harvath Gerrans, Alyssa Hayden, Hailey Huggett, Katie Kozub, Connor Hotary, Samantha Johnson, Isabella LeClaire, Cam Lewis, Daphne Maddox, Phoebe Maddox, Sam Maddox, Sophie Maddox, Kylie McCarthy, Brooke McKenna, Emily Meyers, Isabelle Quartermaine, Quinton Ramos, Loch Rigozzi, Oakley Rigozzi, Audrey Rodewald, Ariel Shull, Will Sisson, Nicholas Anthony Stormer, Ava Tringali, Jacob VanderRoest, Brighton VanHorn, Wyatt Werme, and Nicholas Wreschinsky.
“I didn’t have any experience working with young people but I’ve grown to love it and watching their personal and artistic growth has been something that has truly grabbed me by the heart,” said Zemon, who moved to Saugatuck with his family more than 3 years ago.
“I love their openness and honesty and idealism. I’m very proud of the fact that my kids come back year after year.”
This production is Zemon’s fourth for Saugatuck High School. He’s directed “Once On This Island,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Crucible.” He has also locally directed “The Wizard Of Oz,” “Peter Pan” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
“Working on plays in high school and in community theaters was such a huge part of my own experience growing up, I just felt like I could make a difference if I could get something going here in Saugatuck,” he said, adding he benefits from the experience as well.”