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North Spings High School Drama Department1
Average Rating Given : 5.00000
Reviews in Last 6 months :

Les Miserables, by Boublil & Shoenberg
Sunday, January 25, 2004
I have seen Les Miserables over 15 times, so to say I know what I'm talking about is an understatement. I have been a huge fan since it came out, and I was extremely excited to see the Brookwood production as well as the North Springs production. I do want to set the record straight however - in the case of Brookwood versus North Springs, "Performing Arts High School" does mean a better show.

I went into North Springs expecting a mediocre show, as that is what I came out of Brookwood feeling about their production of Les Mis. North Springs High School surpassed my expectations ten times over. The technical aspect of the show wasn't the best, but this was nothing that the actors could do anything about, I'm assuming. The set was beautiful, and the talent in the cast was spectacular.

I felt that the females in the cast were especially strong. Fantine's character was played very well by Stephanie Friedman, she had such incredible talent that I hope to see in future productions at North Springs. I don't think that it's fair to compare Jessica Marks as Eponine to Galen Crawley in the Brookwood show. There voices and acting styles are completely different. Jessica Marks shined in her role. Amber Moorer as Madame Thenardier was incredibly funny and had such immense talent that she gave an incredible performance. I don't think it's fair at all to compare her to Brookwood's Madame Thenardier, Amber's performance rose way above. My favorite though was the extraordinarily talented Rebecca Kuck as Cosette. I looked forward to every time that she was on stage. This girl had such a beautiful voice I became entranced in her vocal performance. She turned a usually flat character into a girl full of curiosity, without losing the giddiness of falling in love for the first time. The relationship between her and Val Jean, played by Alex Enquist, was especially strong, and they had such a great care for each other on stage that seemed very real. Her performance was honest and I saw Cosette, not a high school actress. She fit the part spectacularly and once again surpasses Brookwood's Cosette ten fold.
I must say that I liked Enjolras, but did not think he was the best. He fit his role very well though and his voice was great. Marius was just as good as the Brookwood's Marius and did a great job, although his "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" was much better than Brookwoods. He performed that song with an intensity reserved for professional actors.

And then there's Val Jean. Val Jean was Val Jean, not an actor from high school. Although he cracked a few notes on "Bring Him Home" his performance was spectacular, I even thought the few notes that were cracked added more to his character. It was beautiful, and the presence Alex Enquist had with him at all times when he was onstage surpassed those few sour notes. Bravo to you for an incredible job done!

This show was great, I can't say enough good things about it. So I guess the words "Performing Arts high School" does mean an award-winning show, because out of the two high schools, North Springs wins.

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