Friday's Vigil for Paris Spurred by Student Production


Sensing a connection between art and real life, the Rains High School cast and crew of the musical production of Les Misérables will host a memorial service for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, last week.

The “Vigil of Lights for the City of Lights” is set for Friday, November 20, at 6 p.m. at the Rains County Courthouse square, Emory, TX. The general public is invited and asked to bring candles and flashlights.

The students are in the final week of live performances of the beloved French-based musical. The performance tells the story of characters who are righting the wrongs that beset them ... and the comparisons are clear.

“The day after we opened Les Mis, the attack took place and several of the kids said they would really like to have a vigil for the victims,” said Christopher Collins, the school's theater director.

The young planners started immediately to get the word out on social media and to round up U.S. and French flags and candles.

Highlights of the event will include prayers, a moment of silence, gestures of U.S./France friendship, and a performance of the song “Do You Hear the People Sing?”—better known as “The People’s Song”—by the cast. The lyrics are:

Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men? It is the music of a people, Who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart, Echoes the beating of the drums, There is a life about to start, When tomorrow comes!

The final performances of the high school’s production of Les Mis are Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the high school’s cafetorium, 1651 W. U.S. Highway 69. Tickets are $7 each and available at the door. 

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