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Bway2be

Les Miserables School Edition

Soooo, I just found out a youth theatre near me is doing the school edition of Les Miserables, and needless to say, I'm extremely pumped for the opportunity to be apart of one of my favorite musicals, but I have some questions for anyone who has done the school edition before.

First of all, how different is the school edition than the original? I looked it up, but I wasn't able to find much except that some verses are cut and it's shortened, etc. Is, like, "Lovely Ladies" still a song, and how is the prostitute theme dealt with? Also, are the vocal ranges any different? In particular, what are Eponine's and Cosette's ranges, respectively? I think I read something about "A Little Fall of Rain" being in a different key, so does Eponine still go down to a low F (I *think* it is)? I guess I'm mostly looking at her or Cosette (or Madame Thenardier), even though it's one of those shows where I would be more than okay with an ensemble role. I'm just curious, though if Eponine does still have to go to a low F, that's fine, because it's in my range.

Thanks in advance! I'll probably be posting another thread about audition songs soon! Smile
The Very Angry Woman

Re: Les Miserables School Edition

Bway2be wrote:
First of all, how different is the school edition than the original? I looked it up, but I wasn't able to find much except that some verses are cut and it's shortened, etc. Is, like, "Lovely Ladies" still a song, and how is the prostitute theme dealt with?


Like, yes, it is still a song. Unless they decide to break some rules. Which, like, happens sometimes.

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l'ivrogne transfiguré

Re: Les Miserables School Edition

Bway2be wrote:
First of all, how different is the school edition than the original? I looked it up, but I wasn't able to find much except that some verses are cut and it's shortened, etc. Is, like, "Lovely Ladies" still a song, and how is the prostitute theme dealt with? Also, are the vocal ranges any different? In particular, what are Eponine's and Cosette's ranges, respectively? I think I read something about "A Little Fall of Rain" being in a different key, so does Eponine still go down to a low F (I *think* it is)? I guess I'm mostly looking at her or Cosette (or Madame Thenardier), even though it's one of those shows where I would be more than okay with an ensemble role. I'm just curious, though if Eponine does still have to go to a low F, that's fine, because it's in my range.


I don't know that much about it, although I have seen SE productions. From what I can remember, everything is there, but some songs do have verses cut, e.g. the first verse of Stars, I think Fantine only sells her hair, a chunk of Lamarque is Dead etc. I'm not sure about Eponine's range, but I know that they have got rid of Fantine's bottom D in the Finale, although not by changing the key - I think the note pattern is just altered slightly (which is, in fact, what Natalie Day, the current understudy in London does). I think the bottom Fs are probably there in ALFOR, although I can't be sure.
KatyRoseLand

I believe A Little Fall of Rain has a bit cut out as well - it goes straight from "I'll sleep in your embrace at last" to "So don't you fret", missing out "The rain that brings you here...".
Moci

Les Mis FAQ wrote:

My school is performing ‘Les Misérables: Schools Edition’, what cuts are made?
It’s worth having a read of this thread where the cuts are displayed and discussed indepth, but slightly more briefly, this is what is missing from the complete score (some, but not all of these cuts are also in the professional version and have been performed in London and on Broadway, since 1997)
- There are significant cuts in the Prologue (Valjean’s exchanges with the Innkeeper and his wife).
- A section of ‘What Have I Done’ (a.k.a. ‘Valjean’s Soliloquy’) is missing.
- Part of ‘Lovely Ladies’ is cut, including the part where Fantine sells her necklace.
- The exchange between Fantine and Bamatabois after she has attacked him, but before Javert arrives is gone in ‘Fantine’s Arrest’
- Valjean’s end note in ‘Who Am I’ is lowered.
- Part of the Chorus part in ‘The Runaway Cart’ is missing, as are some of Valjean and Javert’s lines just before ‘Who Am I?’.
- The counterpoint section of ‘The Confrontation’ is gone.
- The second verse of ‘Castle on a Cloud’ has been removed, as have Young Cosette’s lines before the entrance of Madam Thénardier.
- The Drinker’s section before Thénardier begins ‘Master of the House’ has been cut.
- The ‘Well Scene’, which was added in 1997 isn’t present.
- The exchange between Valjean and the Thénardiers before ‘The Waltz of Treachery’ is gone, as are Valjean and Young Cosette’s lines after.
- The Prostitues/Pimp part of ‘Look Down’ is gone.
- The first section of ‘Stars’ has been cut, so it begins with ‘Stars, in your multitudes’.
- Sections of ‘The ABC Cafe/Red and Black’ are cut.
- ‘The Attack on Rue Plumet’ has been trimmed.
- The students’ (that aren’t Enjolras or Marius) parts have been cut in ‘Upon These Stones/At the Barricade’)
- ‘Building the Barricade’ is gone.
- A section of ‘Javerts Arrival’ has been removed.
- The lines between Enjolras dealing with Javert after ‘Little People’ and Eponine’s arrival at the barricade are cut.
- Verses are gone from ‘A Little Fall of Rain’.
- The students’ (except Enjolras) lines after the ‘First Attack’ are missing as are some of Javert’s lines as Valjean frees him.
- ‘Dawn of Anguish’ is cut.
- Parts of ‘Dog Eat Dog’ are cut and some is rearranged.
- A section of ‘Turning’ is gone.
- Some lines of ‘Every Day’ are cut.
- ‘Wedding Chorale’ is cut as is some of the exchange between Marius and Thénardier at the wedding.
- The “Prince/Jew/Queer” lines of ‘Beggars at the Feast’ is gone.
- Valjean’s solo is shortened in the Epilogue.
Bway2be

^ Wow. I feel incredibly lazy/stupid for not thinking to look at the FAQ, and I can just imagine how many other people have been annoying by not doing that either. My apologies.

I guess my main question is just whether anyone knows if any of the other ranges are different (besides Fantine's, thank you!), though this was really helpful, so it's okay if no one does.
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Cosette still hits a high (every day) C, going down to a Bb below middle C
Eponine is the same, although one of the verses of ALFOR is cut, so the lower range is (arguably) less important.
Fantine hits a top space Eb on "you let your foreman SEND me away" (yes, i'm obsessed cuz i wanted that part... so what? Razz )
Madame Thenardier is pretty much the same i think (low G sharp on "wood" to D5 Smile , although singing isn't important for her tbh, just be loud and brash, really giving it some welly! Very Happy a bit of the bit before "what to do" in the bargain is cut, unfortunately, but it's still fab. I'd definately recommend you give it a go Smile
Bway2be

That was really helpful and answered my question! Thanks! Very Happy
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