Pickerington High School Central's Theatre Department this week will open its first production of Les Miserables.
Some 80 Central theater students, including 40 cast members, a 30-student orchestra and a crew of 10, will open a four-show run of Les Miserables today, Thursday, April 25, in Central's Performing Arts Center, 300 Opportunity Way.
Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27, and a finale will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
Tickets for each show are $10 for adults and $8 for students, and can be purchased at the PAC. Sales will begin approximately one hour prior to each performance.
According to Central Theatre Department Director Shannon Cook, this year's production of Les Miserables marks the first time a Pickerington high school has performed the musical.
She added she decided to present the show this year because of the singing talents of her students and because of the musical's recent surge in popularity following the release of its latest film adaptation last December.
"This is the very first time for either school," Cook said.
"It's really one I've been wanting to do forever, but the popularity of the movie was a big reason I decided to do it now."
Cook said Les Miserables is one of the most challenging productions she's ever taken on in large part because all of the dialogue is sung, and she and her students couldn't lean on the vocal strengths of just a few cast members.
"It's all about the singing," she said. "There's not a spoken line in the whole show.
"It's a lot of singing, but they're doing an amazing job. There are so many solo parts that pretty much everyone in the cast is featured."
Cook described the production of Les Mis as "big," from the signing to the sights to be taken in by audiences.
"It's just the biggest thing we've ever done," she said. "It's the biggest scenery, it's the biggest show.
"It's the most difficult thing we've ever done. It's going to be extremely impressive."