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Ashley High School is performing 'Les Miserables.' Ashley High School is performing 'Les Miserables.'
Daniel Paparozzi plays the role of Jean Valjean in Ashley High School's production of 'Les Miserables.' Daniel Paparozzi plays the role of Jean Valjean in Ashley High School's production of 'Les Miserables.'
Students rehearse a scene for Ashley High School's production of 'Les Mis.' Students rehearse a scene for Ashley High School's production of 'Les Mis.'

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A group of high school students is tackling an epic musical. Ashley High School is performing Les Miserables.

The story centers around Jean Valjean, who's trying to make a new life after spending 19 years in a French prison. His run from the law leads him to Paris where he gets involved in a revolution.

The musical recently became even more famous by the Academy Award-winning movie, which is not lost on the high school cast.

"I don't want to be compared to Hugh Jackman's acting if that's what you're saying," joked actor Daniel Paparozzi who's playing the role of Valjean. "But no, it actually makes me excited because I think more people will be excited to come out and see a musical version of Les Mis in their town after they saw the movie and really liked it."

The show addresses some adult topics like war and prostitution, but they're handled a little differently in this student version.

"Some parts were cut, some of the more graphic parts," said Paparozzi. "We blocked it a little differently, so it wouldn't be as gruesome as some might know the movie to be or regular musical versions. No matter what kind of group is doing it, kids or adults, people should come out and see the amazing story just because it's one of the best musicals ever written."

Les Miserables

  • April 19-20
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • April 21
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Minnie Evans Arts Center at Ashley High School

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