Episode One (Pilot): English teacher, Pamela Butler, decides to revive Jefferson High School’s drama club, by putting on a fabulous production of Les Misérables. Free spirited Xiomara Bennet, who is made fun of around school for being a so-called hippie, auditions for the role of Cosette, but it is her best friend, Victory Kelly, wins the role instead, with Xiomara playing Éponine. With the encouragement of Aracely Jenkins, who is playing Fantine, Xiomara plans to shine in her role. Xiomara belts out a mournful performance of “A Little Fall of Rain” and Pamela apologizes for ignoring her talent. Xiomara accepts becoming president of the drama club and Victory says she’s sorry she took Xiomara’s role, but Xiomara says she’s glad she was Éponine instead.
“I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Misérables
“A Heart Full of Love” from Les Misérables
“One Day More” from Les Misérables
“On My Own” from Les Misérables
“A Little Fall of Rain” from Les Misérables
Episode Two (The Audition): Xiomara, Victory, and Aracely try to help Pamela find more drama club members, after many of the shows actors leaving because they were being made fun of. Yousef Diaz, a Goth with rock star dreams, Alexus Hayes, a goody-two shoes teacher’s pet, Demarion Ford, a corny pickup line “ladies man”, Zuri Hamilton, a doe eyed sweetheart with a surprising love of emotional punk rock, and Cristofer Sullivan, a self-deemed computer geek, all wow with their surprisingly strong voices, but Pamela needs 15 club members, or else it isn’t an official school club, eligible to compete in The District-Wide Drama Competition. Now they have 8.
The quarterback on the football team, Kael Wallace, and head cheerleader, River Woods, audition as a joke, but Pamela is stunned by their musical talent. She begs them to join, and they say no way. But when they slip into the auditorium at the end of the day to watch and are shocked that Precious West is auditioning, who is River’s best friend and Kael’s girlfriend, they agree to perform if they are allowed to miss meetings for football games or cheer practice, Pamela agrees.