The Johnstown High School Choir is working on its presentation of a 19th-century classic.

The Johnstown High School Choir is working on its presentation of a 19th-century classic.

Students are rehearsing for their performance of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, with showtimes slated for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the high school's performing-arts center, 401 S. Oregon St., Johnstown.

This is director Jeff Rings' 14th production at Johnstown, according to Johnstown Choir Boosters President Karen Piper, who said 77 students would be part of the production.

Les Miserables, which originally was published in 1862, tells the story of Jean Valjean, who is released from prison.

With the counsel of the Bishop of Digne -- and by breaking his parole -- he becomes a new man and eventually builds a successful life as a factory owner while avoiding capture by the ruthless Inspector Javert.

Meanwhile, Valjean discovers factory worker Fantine has an illegitimate daughter, Cosette, and Valjean promises the dying mother he would care for the child as his own.

The story, set in a post-revolutionary France, unfolds as a love triangle begins, involving an older Cosette, a rebellious student named Marius and a street girl named Eponine.

Austin Piper plays Valjean, with Jason Theobald as Javert, Ryan McLaughlin as the Bishop of Digne, Blaire Warner as Fantine, Cameron West as Marius and Riley McMahon as Eponine. Cosette is played by both Kassidy Flora and Dallas Ramey, as the younger and older Cosette, respectively.

Other cast members are: Erin Roby as Madame Thenardier, Leo Brudny as Monsieur Thenardier, Nathanael Ashbrook as Enjolras, Brooklynn Warner as Gavroche, Aran Whisler as the foreman and Charles Benton as Bamatabois.

Members of the ABC society are Daniel Brinker as Combeferre, Jordan Zezzo as Feuilly, Matthew Graham as Courfeyac, Kyle Cromwell as Joly, Jacob John Wetzel as Prouvaire, Thomas Benton as Lesgles and Whisler as Grantaire.

Members of Thenardier's Gang are Wetzel as Brujon, McLaughlin as Babet, Lauren Thomas as Claquesous and Alex Catalogna as Montparnasse.

In the ensemble are Adeline Almendinger, Lisset Arcos, Aubrey Ashbrook, Abbie Bates, Anna Benton, Madison Blair, Elizabeth Blenk, Pace Branson, Kendall Bucher, Paige Cannon, Michael Contini, Allison Douglass, Katelyn Dunnick, Ryley Dyer, Julia Eltringham, Andrea Evans, Joshua Evans, Kayla Flora, Katie Grunkemeyer, Anna Hatcher, Kalyn Heins, Abby Holderby, Brayden Keyser, Becca Kozel, Samantha Lehner, Brooke Linton, Alexis Lowe, Marilyn Madison, Heather Mansell, Shayla McGowan, Alaina Morrison, Grant Mudge, Jeremy Neff, Juli Neil, Rae Patterson, Megan Pesicek, Isabelle Poulson, Courtney Rose, Reagon Saj, David Schaller, Molly Schell, Kelsey Sines, Joshua Smith, Kailyn Theobald, Natalie Thomas, McKenna Thrash, Emily Trauntvein, Kelly Truslow, Paige Turner, Sophia Warner, Ellie Whisler, Emily Wilson, Annalise Zink and Allison Zink.

Ticket prices are $12 for loge seating, $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

Box-office hours will be held in the performing-arts center lobby, and tickets will be available at the door the evening of performances.

For more information, call Piper at 740-967-0378.

-- Scott Hummel/ThisWeek