Wisbech’s Angles Theatre’s RATz Youth production has received compliments for its recent production of Miss Saigon Schools Edition.
‘... delivered by a confident and talented cast to a high standard,’ said Stephen Hayter (NODA Regional Representative), followed by his colleague James Farr (NODA East Councillor) who said, to say well done to all the young members of the cast for a truly moving production.
Miss Saigon Schools Edition is a slightly adapted version of the full musical, designed to be played by children still in full time education. RATz Youth were excited to be taking on the challenge, not least the director, choreographers and singing coach.
The singing is very challenging; there is no dialogue, and the show moves along at a rapid pace. The music is very demanding on the young cast, especially because the story line must be told clearly and with genuine conviction.
The story is based on Puccini’s opera ‘Madame Butterfly’ and is the second epic musical produced by the team of Cameron Mackintosh, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr; Les Miserable being the first.
Set in Vietnam in 1975 a young Vietnamese orphaned country girl, Kim, seeks refuge in Saigon and falls in love with a US marine sergeant, Chris. The Americans abandon Vietnam and Kim is left behind with her baby son. Four years later Chris and his American wife arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, in search of Kim and his son. The whole story is carefully manipulated by a French-Vietnamese bar owner called the Engineer. They meet and the ultimate tragedy occurs.