Outtakes: My night at Lakewood High School’s ‘Les Misérables’

Connor Kingsley, center, who plays Marius, gathers the cast in the hallway outside the school auditorium to salute director Tami LoSasso after an ambitious opening performance of “Les Misérables” on March 13.


By John Moore, March 14, 2013

My ongoing, 2013 labor-of-love photo series, “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theater,” brings you one intimate, iconic snapshot from 42 Colorado opening nights (and counting). But I also like to post outtakes offering more of a behind-the-scenes look at each stop.

Opening No. 42, Lakewood High School’s “Les Misérables”: Remaining performances at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (March 14-16) at 9700 W. 8th Avenue in Lakewood. 303-982-7123 or go to www.SeatYourself.Com. Featuring Graeme Schulz, Hunter Benjamin, Beky Winkler, Brooklyn Webb, Annie High, Connor Kingsley, Samantha Steele, Riley Konsella, Peter LoSasso, Melissa Elliot, Gabriel Branson, Bonnie Evans and a cast and crew of 150.

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The opening performance was interrupted by a fire alarm that went off because of all of the smoke used in the climactic battle scenes. The school pays a four-figure fee to the local fire department to have the alarms put on silent during performances, but that didn’t stop an alarm from causing about a 10-minute delay on Wednesday.




Curtain call for the cast of about 40.


Senior Graeme Schulz, who plays Valjean, is also president of the Lakewood High School Theatre Company.




Riley Konsella (above) and Samantha Steele (below) play a naughty Mr. and Madame Thenardier.








 Ensemble cast member Dan Taylor, right.



The view from where the student musicians crawl into the orchestra pit, literally!


To see the our full photo series, “It’s Opening Night in Colorado Theatre,” featuring one intimate, iconic snapshot from 42 Colorado opening nights (and counting), click here.

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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at culturewestjohn@gmail.com