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  • 'Les Miserables' comes to Blue Springs South

  • Amanda Morgan likes playing a noble character like Eponine in Blue Springs South High School’s production of “Les Miserables.”

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  • Amanda Morgan likes playing a noble character like Eponine in Blue Springs South High School’s production of “Les Miserables.”
    “I really like that she is a martyr, dying in the barricades for freedom. I like portraying that kind of person that is good in the midst of all that bad," said the Blue Springs South senior. "'Les Mis' has been around forever. It really is timeless."
    “Les Miserables” is a play based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo. A movie version of “Les Miserable” is scheduled to be released later this year. The novel, considered among the best  literature of the 19th century, follows the lives and interaction of several characters between 1815 and the 1832 June Rebellion. Specifically, the play focus on Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who struggles with redemption.
    The play is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Blue Springs High School. There is also a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Admission is $7.
    Director Susan Cooper said because of scheduling conflicts, “Les Miserables” has been put together in only five weeks. She said the cast has been amazing, jumping in with both feet and embracing what they were asked to do.
    “I really pushed them to do things like get off script earlier, and they have responded amazingly well,” she said. “We had a long talk about the events of the play, and I asked them to put themselves in the character’s shoes. I asked if they were willing to stand up for what they believed in. It is a bit humbling to think abut that kind if strength of character.”
    Senior Kody Henning plays Jean Valjean, a revolutionary-minded person who was once a criminal. However, even after doing some horrible things, Valjean must learn to forgive himself and work to get past his mistakes.
    “I think my biggest challenge is living up to such a prestigious and well-known role,” Henning said. “I have to make the role my own, but also capture the overall aura of him. The character is almost this magical presence on stage.”
    Junior Payton Haen plays Fantine, a women who has had a hard life, but despite that, tries to push through for herself and her daughter. Haen said she likes the character because it is different than anything she has played before. She said the audience will gravitate to the play because “Les Miserables” is considered a classic.
    “Lots of people are familiar with the story, and they know what it is,” she said. “I really think they will enjoy the quality of it. This is really good literature that you just don’t see anymore.”
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