The Aleithia Players, a homeschool group with students from throughout Chester, Berks, and Lancaster counties, will present Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” at Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church in Glenmoore on March 1, 2 and 3.
In past years, high school students from Aleithia have performed “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Cheaper by the Dozen”, and “An Ideal Husband”, among others.
Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (in English, “the wretched”) tells the story of French ex-convict, Jean Valjean, in the 1830s. After being imprisoned for 17 years for stealing a loaf of bread, Valjean’s life is changed by the forgiveness of a priest. After taking advantage of the priest’s kindness, Valjean is caught escaping with a silver candlestick. Instead of sending Valjean back to prison, the priest gives him the second candlestick and tells him to become a better, honest man. From there, Valjean attempts to create a new respectable life for himself and his adopted daughter, Cosette. Conflict arises when the story’s main antagonist, Inspector Javert, begins searching for Valjean. Javert is a justice-obsessed police officer who relentlessly attempts to send Valjean back to prison. The story comes to a climax at the barricade of a desperate political uprising in the back streets of Paris. When Valjean and Javert finally meet, Valjean is forced to decide what kind of man he will become.
The director of the play is Eva Wright.
Cast members include Emma Slippy, Coatsville; Graeme Straughn, Coatsville; Joel Henschel, Collegeville; Jeremy Hollahan, Downingtown; Rachel Kruse, Downingtown; David Swatton, Downingtown; Alexa Shyer, Elverson; Anna Claire Fulcher, Glenmoore; Caroline Kemp, Harleysville; Joey Kowalick, Phoenixville; Kayla Sanoy, Phoenixville; Justin Hageman, Pottstown; Elizabeth Keeler, Quaryville; Patrick Magargee, West Chester; and Marrisa McDonald, West Chester.
Play performances will be at Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church, 1648 Horseshoe Pike (Rt. 322), Glenmoore. There will be Dessert Theater performances on March 1 and March 2, both at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, discounted if purchased by Feb. 25. There will also be an open admission performance on March 3. Tickets can be purchased at the door on Saturday night or in advance online. The evening show begins at 7 p.m.
All online purchases can be made at https://alc.yapsody.com. Save $1 on all tickets when purchased online. For any questions, contact Nancy Hollahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-942-8988.