Saturday night, we were fortunate enough to attend Tracy High’s production of “Les Miserables.” I really wish all of Tracy would have had the opportunity to see this moving musical. There was standing room only.
The entire cast, band and production crew should certainly be proud of their success. Every member of the cast was into his or her character and into the spirit of this production. In my opinion, most outstanding were Kyle Vander Ploeg as Javert, the person who spends much of his life tracking down Jean Valjean, who was in turn played superbly by Phillip Fleming. Both actors had excellent singing voices, and their portrayals of their characters couldn’t have been better.
One welcomed surprise in the cast was the charming Alexandria Lish, who played the part of Little Cosette. For a child of any age, she was totally into her part, with the singing voice of an angel. Also exemplary in their roles were Andi Huckaba as Madame Thenardier, Jannel Mariano as Eponine, Barbara Ramirez as Fantine, and Martino Aldaco as Marius.
There wasn’t a weak actor in the cast. Every performer should be very proud of a performance exceptionally well done.
The band certainly should receive an excellent review. They were simply marvelous in performing such an intricate and difficult score. Directors Titian Lish and Diana Cefalo will have a hard time finding a production to follow this show. They should be commended for producing such a beautiful, challenging show.
Everyone I talked to was amazed at the expertise of the performance of this musical. Tracy, indeed, should be proud.
• Don Disbee is a retired Tracy Unified School District drama instructor.