The Ephrata Performing Arts Center concludes its exciting 2021 season with a mainstay of musical theater, Les Mis? Rables: School Edition. Production will begin on Friday December 3 and will continue until December 30.

This production features young local talent and is directed by Brett Devlin as Jean Valjean and Ben Galosi as Javert. Musical direction by Cheryl Markle and Britt Jarkowsky, and choreography by Kristin Pontz. This production is directed by Bobby Checchia and Hope L. O’Pake.

This story of love and loss, despair and redemption sums up all it means to be human. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo with musical adaptation by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, this breathtaking musical is the second oldest musical in the world, with several awards to its name.

Jean Valjean has lost everything. After 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s family, starting a life as a convict again turns out to be impossible. But when a fatal meeting with a bishop teaches him mercy and redemption, Valjean swears to devote his life to good. This is proving more difficult than he thought. Raising a rescued orphan in a country embroiled in a student-led French Revolutionary effort, while being tracked down by ruthless policeman Javert, is all Valjean can do to keep his head above water.

Les Mis? Rables: School Edition will take place from December 3 to 30 at the Sheradin Bigler Theater. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ephrataperformingartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 717-733-7966 ext. 1. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 pm, as do Wednesday and Thursday performances. There are three morning performances on Sunday, all starting at 2:00 p.m.