Director Nicholas Lapete blocks out a scene late in the musical when the young “insurgents” are defending their barricaded position. ©John R. Anderson

The actors and singers of Auburn High School will be debuting their performance of Les Miserables in less than 2 weeks, and things are quickly coming together at the only large stage in town. Now that the town-wide concerts are complete, the sets will be erected, costumes will begin to appear, and the actors will have to put away their scripts and iPads. These details along with some very talented actors are sure to make it memorable.

Les Miserables is set amidst the 1832 June Uprising, one of the key events during the Paris Uprising of the early 1830s.  1832 (the more famous being the July Uprising of that same year). The insurgency took place on June 5 and 6, 1832, and Les Miserables author, Victor Hugo, was witness to these events. His novel published in 1862 became one of the most celebrated works of all time, as has the stage adaptation by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil.

Zach Hauge rehearses a scene with Tyler Poshkus who plays Gavroche. ©John R. Anderson









The June Uprising was primarily instigated by students and working class Parisians looking to unseat the monarch, Louis-Philippe, who had ascended to the throne after the July Uprising of 1830.

While the setting has historical basis, the story is fictional. The real plot is that of Jean Valjean and his pursuit of freedom from the Insepctor Javert. There are many subplots along the way, which are wonderfully captured in this remarkably scored musical.

The musical requires an extraordinary number of voices since nearly all lines are sung. When asked about such a high talent requirement, AHS music teacher Virginia Bailey told Auburn Mass Daily, “I knew this was the year to do Les Miserables. We have the talent, and it was now or never.”

Those filling the principal roles will be no surprise to fans of the great AHS musicals in recent years: Zachary Taylor as Jean Valjean; Will Erickson as Inspector Javert; Siobhan Collins as Fantine; Serena Kelly as Cosette; Sean Campbell as Marius; Renee Morin as Eponine; Derek Brigham as Thenardier; Ana Pietrewicz as Mme. Thenardier; and Tyler Poshkus as Gavroche.

The shows will be on Friday, April 28th at 7:00PM; Saturday, April 29th at 7:00PM; and Sunday, April 30th at 2:00PM. Tickets can be purchased online at

This is one show not to be missed.