‘Les Miserables’ staged four times at GJHS

Nearly 60 locals are cast in what will be the most expensive show High Desert Opera has performed in Grand Junction since its inception nearly a decade ago.

The internationally-acclaimed musical “Les Miserables” will be staged in four shows, beginning New Year’s Eve at Grand Junction High School.

Tickets, which range in price from $10–$39, go on sale Monday, Nov. 11, and can be purchased at highdesertopera.org, Roper Music or by calling the box office at 523-9605 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays.

James Werner, the founder and artistic director of High Desert Opera, who will play the part of lead character Jean Valjean, said the organization purchased the rights to the show the day they became available earlier this year.

“The music is fantastic. The story is compelling,” Werner said. “It has everything ... It’s epic.”

High Desert Opera has rehearsed, created costumes and built sets for the better part of a year in preparation for the shows.

Most of the lead parts were double-cast and locals of all ages will be featured in the performances.

All “Les Miserables” shows will start at 7 p.m. The dates are: Dec. 31, Jan. 3–4 and Jan. 11.

Nearly 15 people will play in a live orchestra accompanying the actors, giving them “a chance to perform in a real professional environment,” Werner said.

Go to GJSentinel.com for a short video from a recent rehearsal that highlights the music and several of the actors cast in High Desert Opera’s “Les Miserables.”


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