By George Basler
After putting a list of safety measures in place, Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton is ready to stage a concert version of the musical Les Miserables this weekend.
Limited-seating tickets are now on sale for the four performances that will run 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday (April 29-May 2) in the school’s gymnasium, said Jan DeAngelo, the director. The performances also will be live streamed on the school’s website.
Both in-person and livestream tickets are $10and are available on the website csbcsaints.org\lesmis.
“The kids just needed to do live theater,” DeAngelo said. This is especially true this spring , he added, because Seton had to cancel its student production last year because of COVID-19.
The production will be a concert version, instead of a full show. That means no sets, no props and limited interaction between actors. “We’ll tell the story as best we can and let the music speak for itself,” DeAngelo said.
The main characters will be socially distanced on the stage while chorus members will sit socially distanced on each side of the stage. Orchestra members will be spread out 12 feet apart.
Complying with Centers for Disease Control rules to stage the show has been complicated, but the students have been up to the challenge, DeAngelo said, adding that Technical Director Rich Vollmer did a “fabulous job.”
All proceeds from ticket sales and a basket raffle will support Seton Catholic Central’s performing arts programs.