Interview with LAHS senior Sam Wolfsberg who plays Jean Valjean in Les Miserables

Sam Wolfsberg senior in rehearsal as Jean Valjean in the LAHS production Olions of Les Miserables. Tickets are available at LAHSOlions.org. Courtesy picture

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Olions perform Les Miserables this month at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

Senior Sam Wolfsberg, who played in several Olions productions over the years, was chosen for the role of Jean Valjean. Here is a recent interview with Sam.


What is Les Miserables about?

Les Miserables is about my character development; Jean Valjean after being sent to prison for 19 years. The musical is set in the early 1800s just after the French Revolution and turns around the lives of people subjected to poverty due to the government upheaval. Moreover, it shows the triumphs, defeat and rebirth of a man whom society shunned as nothing more than a prisoner.

What made you want to play the role of Jean Valjean?

I’ve been in love with Les Miserables since I was 9 years old. I wanted to play the role of Jean Valjean as as soon as the spring musical was decided to be Les Miserables because I really admire stories that include great character growth, and the whole change in who Valjean is as a person, based on what he endures is really fun to play.

Why should people come to see Les Miserables?

Because it’s a great opportunity to get out of the house and support local theatre! And see your mate community members and high school students who have put in a lot of hard work and commitment share their passions.

Tickets for the LAHS Olions Les Miserables production are on sale now at LAHSOlions.org.

Sessions continue at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19. There is a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. All performances are at Duane Smith Auditorium.