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A&E BRIEFS SARASOTA HIGH TO STAGE STUDENT VERSION OF LES MISÉRABLES The Sarasota High School Theater Department will present a special student production of Les Misérables, the musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boubil with English lyrics by Howard Kretzmer. Dweck added in the release that her students knew going into Les Miz "that it would be one of the hardest musicals they have tackled and that there might be people who thought they couldn't do it." She said that inspired them, The play is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. like the characters in the show, to "fight on" and prove themselves. Performances began on Wednesday evening and will continue at 7 p.m. Friday and Sat- "I hope that when audiences finish watching urday, April 26-27, with an additional perfor- this show, they will understand the passion, mance at 2 p.m. Saturday. The show will be the sweat and the love that has gone into evstaged in the SHS Theater, a school news re- ery second of this musical — from the sets, to lease says. the costumes, to the emotion that hangs in ev"We've prided ourselves through the years on ery word they sing," she notes in the release. taking chances and pushing the limits," said drama teacher Melissa Dweck in the news re- Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students lease. "As a teacher and director, I've enjoyed and seniors. Cash, checks and credit cards are watching the students grow, not just as ac- accepted. The SHS Theater box office is open tors, singers and performers, but as people. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. The The harder the show, the more pressure they phone number is 361-6288. are under. It isn't just learning their lines or music but managing their time, and keeping The SHS Theater is located at 1000 S. School Ave., Sarasota. their grades up." Kelsey McNatt (foreground) and Chris McCoy (with rifle prop) join fellow cast members as they rehearse for the Sarasota High School production of Les Misérables. Contributed photo

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