Westminster High drama club to perform ``Les Miserables''

March 24, 1994|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

The drama club at Westminster High School has undertaken a serious challenge.

The students will present Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" at 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday in the school auditorium. The play is a drama set in France after its Revolution.

"The most difficult part is the French words," said Alice Tromble, an 18-year-old senior who plays Madame Thenardier, an innkeeper's wife. "All of us are having trouble with it."

"I like the play a lot because it's a little bit like the musical but it's different," she said. "It has a bit of our own flair to it."

The group has had some difficulty working rehearsals around school cancellations caused by inclement weather. But, Alice said, "we've gotten it together."

Drama teacher Mary Lou Grout has directed a variety of plays at Westminster including comedies, musicals and dramas. She said she had definite reasons for choosing the play.

"I like to do a historical play at least every couple of years," Ms. Grout said. "I like the story because it's a classic."

"It combines fun and entertainment with history," Alice said.

The play focuses on Jean Valjean, a convict who is being pursued by Inspector Javert.

"I think it's a good commentary on social issues that still pertain to today," said 17-year-old senior Mason Stone, who portrays Jean.

"I think there's a little bit of each person in every character, said Sarah Azizi. She is a senior, 17, who plays Fantine.

William Dodge, a 17-year-old senior who plays the evil innkeeper, Thenardier, can't relate to his character though he enjoys playing him.

"He's an abuser. He beats his wife. He cheats people. He lies; he steals," William said.

"I'm normally a nice guy," he said. "She [Ms. Grout] keeps telling me, 'Be meaner, be meaner.'

"It's fun playing a villain."

Though the play is not light fare, the students said every age group would benefit from seeing it.

"It's very important to remember the lessons it teaches," said Allison Bradford, "how goodness can still exist even in the most corrupt areas." The 15-year-old sophomore portrays Eponine in the play and is also a member of Open Space Arts, a nonprofit arts organization based in Reisterstown.

"I think everyone should stop and think, and if they do that in this auditorium, then that's great."

The school is at 1225 Washington Road. Tickets are $3 at the door.

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