‘Les Miserables’ raised bar for Clintonville High

To the editor:

How nice to see such a big audience for the Clintonville High School musical production last weekend. I probably was one of a few who had not seen the musical or the movie “Les Miserables.” That made it even more enjoyable to see the characters come to life. The book was required reading when I went to CHS, and one cast family member told me she had to read it in French.

This production certainly raised the bar for high school productions. The large cast showed a growing interest in theater at the school. I personally was thrilled to watch one performer who started out at the first children’s theater workshop at the Mielke Arts Center. Wow, what a lot of talent and experience can do over a relatively short time. It’s a long way from singing “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” to “I Dreamed a Dream” in Les Miz.

Now, let’s continue to turn out for music and drama productions with the same enthusiasm we show for sports. Not all athletes will continue to play their sport as pros or even at the college level. The same is true for our musicians and actors, but they can use their high school experience as amateurs in community theaters or church productions.

Thanks to the teachers who presented this challenging show and worked for two months with the students, and to the kids and their parents who devoted so much time to give the community a live theater experience at a very reasonable cost. The cast included some elementary school students and an orchestra, and a mix of students from various schools and teachers and citizens.

Unfortunately, the show only ran one weekend. So if you missed it, you will have to wait for the next production. Let’s hope it sells out.

Mary-Beth Kuester,