In this week's blog, our Upper School Principal and Fine Arts Director, John Furrow, invites you to experience first-hand one of our most anticipated spring musicals yet!
The book which the reader now holds in his hands, from one end to the other…treats the advance from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsity to truth, from darkness to daylight, from blind appetite to conscience, from decay to life, from Limbo to God. Matter itself is the starting point, and the point of arrival is the soul. - Victor Hugo, from the introduction of Les Misérables
Les Miserables: The Musical premiered on Broadway at the famed Shubert Theater on March 12, 1987 to rave reviews and packed houses. Based on the classic book by Victor Hugo, with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, the show became an instant classic, winning nine Tony awards including Best Musical.
Set between 1815 and 1835 in Paris, Les Miserables tells a powerful story of redemption and forgiveness in the midst of some horrible circumstances. The show deals with the social conditions and poverty of the common man that led up to the French Revolution in a gripping and powerful way. The story focuses on one man who experienced kindness and undeserved grace, and in return treats other undeserving people in kind. This pattern of forgiveness and grace empowers a group of common and oppressed people to begin a movement that would impact the very future of their nation.
The characters presented in this show are all flawed and sinful people. They serve as a reminder, “that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost” (1 Timothy 1:15). But for the grace of God in our everyday life, any of us could find ourselves in this story. The people represented are real, honest, and at times raw. Yet this draws attention to the greatest truth in all of history, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14). Because of God’s grace, demonstrated to sinful man through the loving and forgiving actions of His Son, the once hopeless sinner can have redemption that restores purpose in our lives.
"But for the grace of God in our everyday life, any of us could find ourselves in this story."
It is the prayer of the entire cast, crew, and production team that you are entertained and moved by this powerful story and stirring music. More importantly, it is our eternal hope that you will contemplate the goodness of God and treasure those areas of your life where you have experienced the unconditional love, forgiveness and grace of the Almighty Eternal God. There are still general admission tickets available. Get yours by clicking the image below!
At WCCS, we provide students with a well-rounded academic experience. However, it is also our desire that the student experience extend beyond the walls of the classroom to bless the community around us. This week, we have asked student council president, Jessica Hicks, to share some goals that student council has for the student body going into the new school year. Check it out!
This year, I was voted student council president by the WCCS students. It is such an honor to represent my fellow classmates and work hard to help improve student life. This year, the theme verse chosen for student council is 1 John 3:18 which reads, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” With this verse in mind, one area I have encouraged our student body to focus on this year is service. By serving others, it allows us to show our Christ-like attitudes to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Remember, our actions
speak louder than our words, so we must be willing to actually serve others in order to please God. Students will have monthly service opportunities in the Rock Hill community that they can choose to participate in, however not all service projects have to be large and drastic. It’s the little things that can make a huge difference! The student body should strive to make a difference in not only the community, but also in the school hallways, classrooms, and lives of fellow students and teachers. Here are a few more ideas that I pray will make a difference in this school daily!
Flash a smile at someone having a bad day or leave an encouraging note in their locker.
Say a little prayer for a friend. It can make a difference in their life that they will never forget.
A little bit of kindness can go a long way. Everyone’s story is different and you never know what someone may be struggling with.
Lead by example and reach out and form relationships with underclassmen. This will grow their love for Christ.
Show appreciation to your teachers! Volunteering to pass out papers, cleaning up after yourself, or simply saying “thank you”, can give them a glimpse of gratitude that will make their day!
To the WCCS community as a whole, I challenge all of you to do the best you can. Start serving the ones around you, and to make a real difference this school year!