And This Year’s Play: Les Miserables!

Students audition for a blockbuster musical.


Alix Van Noy directs the school plays.

Every year highland performs an annual play and a muscial, last year we did Mamma Mia and The Murder Room, this year it was Alice in Wonderland as our play and it is going to be the critically acclaimed Les Miserables for our musical. Auditions will be held throughout the week of December 15th and the play itself in March, here are some things to look forward to.

Alix Van Noy the director and person behind the play has stated that there are over 60 parts for the play that sing, including main characters and extras.

The main character, Jean Valjean, has a total of 32 songs that he sings in, he is a bulky escaped convict, who runs from parole and starts a new life.

when asked about what he was looking forward to auditioner sophomore Austin Buetts said. “Interacting with the cast and seeing how they act.”

Seeing how your peers act can make the production of the play easier because you can adapt your own acting techniques and learn from your fellow actors.

Buetts then said that he wouldn’t mind playing Jean Valjean, Marius, or even Javert and is excited to see which role he ends up with.

Many actors have played these roles before, some noteworthy actors would be Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, and Russell Crowe as Javert. All three of them played in the 2012 movie adaptation.

The play itself was not cheap, in fact Mr. Van Noy said that the royalties were $3,400, and the building of the set could cost between $500 and $1,000.

The 2012 movie costed about 61 million dollars to produce, Hugh Jackman was paid 5 million dollars for his role in it and Russell Crowe made just under 10 million.

“It all depends on Covid, if it dies down then it should do really well,” Mr. Van Noy said when asked about how he thinks it will turn out.

The 2012 movie made about 441.8 billion in the box office, 1n 1987 the play won a total of 8 tony awards including best musical, and Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress in 2012 for the movie.

“The show should run between an hour and 45 minutes to two hours,” Van Noy said after being asked how long it would run.

The movie adaptation ran for about two hours and forty minutes, while the broadway version usually runs for about two hours and 55 minutes.

After being asked what days rehearsals are Mr. Van Noy said thus, “In general we rehearse Monday through Friday from four to six, but that doesn’t mean if you have a conflict or something you can’t do it.”

Many people have had conflicts that prevent them from showing up to rehearsal, but that is ok because unlike sports you can rehearse lines at home and you won’t be replaced with someone else.

“Lots of people have already signed up for their times.” Van Noy said

If you want to audition for a part go to Mr. Van Noy’s room and tell him and he will get a time set up for you to come in and do your audition.

“For the audition you go in Van Noy gives you some lines from different characters and you act them out, then you will do a 2-4 minute section from a broadway song.” Austin said when asked about how to audition.

You won’t be auditioning for a specific person, Van Noy usually puts you into your role, and sometimes there are two that you will play. Remember auditions are the week of December 15 and you need to prepare 2-4 minutes worth of a broadway song.