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â€˜Miss Saigonâ€™ sure to wow audiences
The Union County Performance Ensembleâ€™s rendition of â€œMiss Saigonâ€ is sure to be the talk of the town for some time to come.
The play, which starts Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA), features a cast and crew of more than 100 Union County Public Schools students from nine UCPS schools.
â€œWe have been working on the show since November,â€ said CATA theater teacher Larry Robinson. â€œâ€˜Miss Saigonâ€™ is a technically difficult show to produce, and we have been working very hard with many parents assisting in the building of sets, costumes, and finding props for the show.â€
The most demanding feat â€“ creating a helicopter that will fly in during the show. â€œThis has been a major challenge,â€ Robinson said.
The stage is set in the Vietnam era, just as the war is coming to an end. â€œIt focuses on the Vietnam War as Americans are pulling out of Saigon and the love relationship that develops between a young Vietnamese woman and an American soldier,â€ Robinson said.
â€œThe show also deals with the moral ambiguity that developed from American involvement in an unpopular war and the complex problems it created,â€ he added.
Obviously, the production is a very intense story with themes and language that may not be suitable for a young audience. â€œIt would be rated PG-13 and we encourage parents of middle schoolers to use discretion with seeing the show,â€ Robinson said. â€œThis is not appropriate for elementary students.â€
High school teachers may decide to use the show as a teaching tool. â€œIt would offer much in the way of debate and discussion among high school classes, particularly modern history classes,â€ Robinson said. â€œAnd it offers opportunity for discussion among students taking civics, psychology, fine arts classes, and any other such courses where issues are debated and discussed.â€
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18-20 and Feb. 25-27; with a 2:30 p.m. matinee offered on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28. For more information, call (704) 290-1599.
Performances will be held in the auditorium at CATA, which is located on 600 Brewer Drive in Monroe.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Feb 12, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe