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"Les Miserables" opens this weekend at GHS



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Gilford High School performers rehearse for this weekend's production of "Les Miserables." (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
November 07, 2018
After months of rehearsals and polishing songs, performances, and elaborate sets Gilford High School students will sow the results of their hard work starting this weekend in the GHS theater production of "Les Miserables."

The classic musical will open on Friday and run for the next two weekends. Director Matt Demko said everyone is excited for the opening.

"The kids are working hard, the set looks great," Demko said,

Now that the students have been working in their costumes and with the sets they have been getting into it even more.

Demko said rehearsals leading up to opening night have gone really well. The company did have to deal with some sickness going around. For everyone who was out sick, everyone filled in and let rehearsals continue minimally disrupted.

He said the kids have really been showing their dedication with rehearsing late and on Sundays.

Demko said the set overall looks amazing as well, complete with the turntable rotating the performers.

"It kind of looks simple, but there's a lot more there than people realize," Demko said.

Chorus director Denise Sanborn has ben working with the students on the songs.

"They're amazing, they came into this show really wanting to do it so it made a difference in their preparation," Sanborn said.

She said the music overall is pretty hard. A lot of the students already came in knowing all the songs, which helped the process. Those who were unfamiliar with the musical had some more work to do.

She said the cast itself is also fairly young, mostly freshmen and sophomores with only a few seniors and juniors.

While the students still had a bit of work to do the week leading up to the show, she said she was sure they would do great.

"Les Miserables" will take the GHS stage this Friday and Saturday Nov. 9 and 10 and return next weekend, Nov. 16 and 17. All shows will take place at 7 p.m. Tickets are only available at the door for $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

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