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The performance

After four months of rehearsing and learning as much about themselves as the craft of acting, Lakeshore Collegiate Institute’s students performed a non-musical adaptation of Les Misérables for three nights near the end of May. The following images, by freelance photographer Darren Calabrese, offer a behind-the-scenes and on-stage glimpse of the preparation, emotion and, yes, the high-school drama that unfolded.

Samantha Dodds checks herself in the mirror one last time before walking on stage on opening night.

From left: Jesse Thompson, Hilliary Lyn, Joey Gratkowski and Haley Jackson warm up on opening night.

The audience settles in on opening night.

Gabriel Valencia, left, and Bradley Plesa perform.

The cast surrounds the barricade.

Cali Phillips's family wait to deliver flowers following the opening night performance.

Cali Phillips accepts bouquets from her family and fans.

Jesse Thompson performs on closing night.

A scene from closing night.

Cast members play "Never Have I Ever" in the music room between scenes on closing night.

On closing night, teacher and director Greg Danakas shares a moment with his children, Yanni and Stella, and wife Helen.

Terra-Lynn Mancebo carries flowers off stage following the closing-night curtain call.

Ember Cope is overcome by emotion while walking off stage with the cast on closing night.

An emotional Gabriel Valencia receives a kiss from his father Antonio following the performance on closing night.

An emotional Bradley Plesa, left, is comforted by William Gibbons, centre, and Jonathan Kahn following closing night's performance.

Greg Danakas accepts cheers during the curtain call on closing night.

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