NYT’s Production of Les Misérables School Edition FAQs
What ages will be allowed to audition for the show?
Ages 8 to 19
But I heard the show was only for ages 10 and up?
That is our recommendation for audience members, due to thematic elements, including violence and prostitution. However, this will vary family to family. We will leave this to parents to decide what is appropriate for their children. Many of the lead roles will likely be for older students, but there are 2 lead roles for younger kids, as well as active chorus roles for younger cast members.
Yes, a profession as old as time and also discussed in the Bible, these “Lovely Ladies” will be included in the show. But please rest assured that it will be handled very conservatively. You will find that it will be more tame than what you find in the Bible. As a matter of fact, younger viewers should not even be aware of the issue, unless pointed out by someone else. And costume design will all be approved by the Artistic Director and will be conservative.
Will there be profanity in the show?
Very little. The School Edition already has already accounted for much of this. The only questionable language that will remain in our production will be “Damn their Lies” and “Hot as Hell.” Management has determined that removing this language would adversely affect the quality of the show. In addition, both of these phrases are used in context; and both have biblical meaning.
Why would a Christian organization like NYT choose a show like Les Mis?
Les Misérables is a wonderful story of sinfulness, forgiveness, and redemption. It deals with classic difficulties that have been a part of the human fabric since the beginning of time. As Christians, we understand the beauty of forgiveness and redemption. Praise God that we have a Savior, in our Lord Jesus Christ, that has provided that to us! Additionally, part of our goal at NYT is to help our kids learn to handle secular material. This is a skill we hope they will take out into a fallen world to positively affect the culture.
What’s the difference between “School Edition” and “Junior” versions?
Broadway Junior™musicals are condensed, author-approved versions of classic musicals, Disney favorites and modern works, custom-tailored to the needs of young people and schools. School Edition™ musicals are an author-approved version of a musical intended for high school performers. However, there are still roles for younger actors.
What will be the running time of the show?
2 ½ hours, including intermission
Will be there a School Day performance?
No, not for this show.