On Saturday 3rd February, a group of Year 12 and 13 French students went to Paris to see Les Choristes – le spectacle musical, a musical based on the film they are studying as part of their A level course, at the Folies Bergère theatre.
1949. Clement Mathieu, an unemployed musician, accepts a job as a supervisor at a boys’ boarding school. Mathieu, with his kind and gentle nature, struggles to find his place among the disruptive children and Rachin, the draconian head teacher. So, he tried an experiment: he teaches them to sing. His enthusiasm and humanity bring him the respect of the children but also the animosity of Rachin. The boy who has received the most punishments, Pierre Morhange, reveals an exceptional talent, which Mathieu highlights to his mother, Violette, a single parent with home Mathieu soon falls in love. Little by little, the success of the choir transforms the children’s everyday life. But Mathieu’s success only kindles hate from Rachin…
The students thoroughly enjoyed the show, especially the music and have been able to apply their linguistic skills in order to critically compare its themes, characters and music to those of the film they have studied.