Excelsior’s ‘Les Mis’ cast in London’s West End
It’s been seen by 70 million people worldwide and continues to break box office records across the globe. Les Miserables – and it’s coming to Excelsior Academy in May.
So what better way for the young cast to really understand why the tale of life and love in 19th Century France has gripped UK audiences for the past 32 years, than to see the show in all its West End glory.
Music teacher Michael Davison led the cast of 35 pupils and six staff on a trip to London’s Queen’s Theatre, UK home of the record-breaking production, which tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean hunted for decades by ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole.
When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter Cosette, their lives change forever.
“Everyone was really excited to see the performance and how it transfers to a professional West End stage,” said Michael.
“Many of the pupils hadn’t been to London, or even seen a professional theatre production before.
“The show itself was breathtaking! Even on a Wednesday matinee three decades after opening in London, the show received unadulterated concentration from a full house, along with a standing ovation.
“The reactions of the pupils were absolutely priceless! They were completely overwhelmed by the emotion of the finale.
They were walking along the streets of London back to King’s Cross Station singing “Do You Hear the People Sing” at the top of their voices and in perfect harmony I might add.
“I’m sure members of the public thought we were part of the cast, many of them acknowledging their singing.
“It was a moment where I felt extremely proud and thought, ‘this is what teaching is all about’ – definitely making a difference.
“I lost count of how many times the pupils thanked me personally for taking them. Les Misérables school edition features one of the most treasured musical scores of all time with some of the most memorable characters to ever grace the stage.
“I cannot wait to perform our version here at Excelsior, which will truly demonstrate some of the incredible talent that our pupils have.”
Excelsior’s talented cast will stage Les Miserables in the academy on May 3rd and 4th.
Les Misersables – also turned into a big screen film hit – features classic songs such as ‘Bring Him Home’ ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘On My Own.’
Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boubil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables is a global sensation, seen by audiences in 44 countries – the original London production celebrating its 30th anniversary in October 2015.