Under the direction of Lisa Levenberg and Carisa Wellenreuther, MacArthur High School’s talented cast and crew drew a packed house for opening night of the epic musical “Les Misérables.”
After a successful preview matinee for senior citizens, the 100-member cast, crew and pit orchestra musicians mesmerized the audience with their rendition of Victor Hugo’s tale of redemption and survival of the human spirit. The student pit orchestra, under the direction of conductor Iris Winter, amazed the audience with classic songs including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Master of the House” and “On My Own.”
On stage, freshman Ted Fiber starred as Jean ValJean, with seniors Andrew Castle as Javert, Brian Schwartz as the Bishop of Digne and Sarah Brennan as Fantine. Patrick Hurley and Mackenzie Zorn played the roles of lovers Marius and Cosette, while Amanda King and Audre Gale depicted the devoted Eponine.
The Thenardiers provided comic relief during this otherwise dark tale and were expertly played by Jack Sawula and Bernadette Beauliere. Michael Katcher’s Enjolras contributed to the revolutionary spirit at the end of Act I and received resounding applause with “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
The show’s success is also due to the artistic talents of costume mistress Alicia Kaya, lighting designer Chris Brown, choreography by Jennifer Mitchell and rehearsal accompanist Eugene McCoy.