The Coral Springs City Commission recognized Lori Sessions and the thespians of J.P. Taravella High School for their successful production of Les Misérables, a musical about the French Revolution. The play received stellar reviews not only from their local audience, but from other drama clubs throughout the state. The J.P. Taravella Drama Department was honored by the Florida State Thespian Society for its student presentation of Les Misérables, which was selected as one of two musicals to be presented mainstage at Festival 2007 in April. The purpose of the event, held at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, is to "showcase" the outstanding theatre productions in secondary schools throughout the state of Florida. “It was an incredible opportunity to perform for 2,500 people in Tampa and we appreciate all of your support,” Lori Sessions said. This marks the third time J.P. Taravella’s drama department has been recognized. The department’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was honored in 2005 and On the Town was recognized in 1996. “This was the first play my younger children watched and they loved the show,” Mayor Brook said.