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‘Miss Saigon’ sure to wow audiences

Members of the Union County Performance Ensemble will perform “Miss Saigon,” starting Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA). The play features a cast and crew of more than 100 Union County Public Schools students from nine UCPS schools and centers around the Vietnam era.

The Union County Performance Ensemble’s rendition of “Miss Saigon” 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.
   
“We have been working on the show since November,” said CATA theater teacher Larry Robinson.  “‘Miss Saigon’ 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.”
   
The most demanding feat – creating a helicopter that will fly in during the show. “This has been a major challenge,” Robinson said.
   
The stage is set in the Vietnam era, just as the war is coming to an end. “It 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,” Robinson said.
   
“The show also deals with the moral ambiguity that developed from American involvement in an unpopular war and the complex problems it created,” he added.
   
Obviously, the production is a very intense story with themes and language that may not be suitable for a young audience. “It would be rated PG-13 and we encourage parents of middle schoolers to use discretion with seeing the show,” Robinson said. “This is not appropriate for elementary students.”
   
High school teachers may decide to use the show as a teaching tool. “It would offer much in the way of debate and discussion among high school classes, particularly modern history classes,” Robinson said. “And it offers opportunity for discussion among students taking civics, psychology, fine arts classes, and any other such courses where issues are debated and discussed.”
   
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

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