‘Les Miserables’ takes center stage at GSHS
The cast of Glenwood Springs High School’s production of “Les Miserables” isn’t afraid of a challenge.”Honestly, the music in this show is college music major-level,” said “Les Miserables” co-music director and drama teacher Gayla Rowe. “It’s an opera, all sung and extremely difficult.”From actors and singers to lighting technicians and musicians, at least 100 students are collaborating for the high-budget show March 17-19 and 24-25 at the school’s auditorium. “Les Miserables” is based on the Victor Hugo novel about French uprisings in the 1860s.”I don’t believe Glenwood Springs High School has had 95 kids on stage before,” Rowe said. “There are hundreds and hundreds of costumes. A lot of mothers have been working their hearts out sewing.”With a $4,000 copyright price tag, “Les Miserables” is the most elaborate production the high school has presented. Ticket sales reached $1,000 in the first day at the high school.”We knew it was difficult when we made the decision to do it. The rules and regulations are incredible,” Rowe said. “Before you pick a show you really have to look at your cast. Musically and vocally we have the talent this year.”Not only does Rowe trust in the cast for the show’s success, but she also has faith in the directors. She is joined by co-music director Jeannie Miller, producer Rosario Young, instrumental director Tim Watt, and band teachers from Rifle to Basalt.”The talent on stage is absolutely incredible,” Watt said. “The kids are acting like it’s no big deal.”Rowe said for Miller and principal Mike Wells, who are retiring this year, “Les Miserable” is a career highlight.”Our principal really loves ‘Les Mis.’ It truly could not be done without his and vice principal Paul Freeman’s support. I reminded Mike one morning that this is his retirement present,” she said. “For Jeannie and I, this is our last production together – at least for now. We were watching the kids one day and they brought tears to our eyes. We were literally shaking.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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