Big musical on tap for LCA’s 40th anniversary

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Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

When Kristy Winkes mentioned to some of her students at Legacy Christian Academy that she was thinking of directing “Les Misérables” this spring, “the whole group just erupted,” she said.

Junior Josiah Shank plays Enjolras in Legacy Christian Academy’s presentation of “Les Misérables” April 21, 22, 28 and 29. Photo submitted
Junior Josiah Shank plays Enjolras in Legacy Christian Academy’s presentation of “Les Misérables” April 21, 22, 28 and 29. Photo submitted

The world’s longest running musical has been seen by millions and continues to delight audiences with beloved songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “One Day More” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?”

Many of Winkes’ students have seen the show, and quite a few have read the challenging novel by Victor Hugo upon which the musical is based, Winkes said.

The story opens with Jean Valjean’s release from prison and follows him throughout his life as he seeks redemption.

With strong upperclassmen musicians and the school’s 40th anniversary this year, the time seemed right to stage the musical giant, Winkes said.

Fifty-four students are involved in the production, which tackles heavy themes of love, justice and forgiveness, among others.

Junior Allison Schwalbe laments the turns her life has taken as Fantine in Legacy Christian Academy’s upcoming production of “Les Misérables.” Photo submitted
Junior Allison Schwalbe laments the turns her life has taken as Fantine in Legacy Christian Academy’s upcoming production of “Les Misérables.” Photo submitted

The curtain rises at 7 p.m. April 21, 22, 28 and 29 with 1:30 p.m. matinees April 22 and 29.

Tickets are $15 for preferred seating and $10 for general admission. Students and staff are able to buy tickets for $7. Tickets are available online at www.lcamn.org or at the school office Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (cash or check only).

Legacy Christian Academy is located at 3037 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover.

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