Les Misérables: Behind the Scenes

We are currently almost one week away from the premier of St. Georges School’s iteration of “Les Misérables”, and the cast is working harder than ever, but there is one department of Saints Players that is often overlooked and ignored. The crew. The Crew of Les Mis is working just as hard to make sure that we receive the best show possible. They have been building the wooden set over the past weeks at a remarkable speed and are now working on the finishing touches.  The other parts of the crew which are the Running Crew, Onstage Audio, Wardrobe/Costume assistance and more are now present at most of the after-school rehearsals to prepare their various departments.

Last week, I had the chance to interview two of the cast members to get their thoughts on the set of “Les Misérables”. I first met with Dalton Townsend, a grade 10 that is part of the chorus. When asked about his opinion on the set, he replied with, “I love the way that the set building team has almost brought the buildings of France to life on the stage. It just has a rustic feel that makes you feel like you’re really in 1832 France.” I also had the opportunity to interview Daniel Braaten on his outlook of the set. “So far they’ve done a great job encapsulating the background of Les Mis. Having such a cool and realistic set honestly makes it easier for me and other cast members to get into character.” I could tell by the enthusiasm in their voices and their excitement to be interviewed that they are truly excited to present to you their iteration of Les Misérables.


Although it was inciteful to interview the two cast members of Les Misérables, it wouldn’t be a complete interview if I hadn’t talked to Mr. Robert Wisden, the director and mastermind of Saints Players, “Les Mis.” For the members of the cast I was more focused on their opinion, whereas for Mr. Wisden, I was more focused on his vision. I questioned him about how his original vision for how the set would look compared to the current set that the crew has crafted to which he replied, “The set looks perfect. We have an amazing crew working on it at the school and their creation is even better than what I envisioned it looking like.” Before talking to Mr. Wisden, I, along with others that I have spoken with were wondering how many hours it would take in total to build a set of this grandeur. To that, Mr. Wisden said, “I can’t say an exact number but they’re here almost all day everyday working hard.”

Hayden Jackson

As we are mere weeks away from opening night (November 6th), Cast and Crew alike are working diligently to provide what is sure to be a spectacular showing of their very own presentation of Victor Hugo’s, “Les Misérables”. This is one of St. Georges most popular play’s ever and is surely not one that should be missed!