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Saturday 26 July 2014

Make a date with Miss Saigon

BILL BROWNE

Published 28/02/2013|05:26

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Ella, Jane, Emily and Cait in rehearsal for Miss Saigon in Mallow.

CONTINUING its tradition of staging popular and well-loved musicals, the Mallow based Centre Stage School is set to yet again bring a taste of the West End to North Cork.

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Having celebrated their 10th anniversary last year with a stunning production of Lionel Bart's Oliver, the school has become one of the first in Ireland to acquire the rights for the multi-award winning West End and Broadway hit Miss Saigon.

Based on Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, the play is set in Saigon amid the turmoil of the Vietnam War and tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance between an American GI (Chris) and a Vietnamese bar girl (Kim).

The musical premiered at the London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1989 and ran for a decade, with more than 4,000 performances. It has also enjoyed hugely successful runs at the world famous Broadway Theatre and has toured around the world.

The Centre Stage production of the show will run at the Mallow Youth Centre for three nights from Thursday, March 7.

In order to do the musical full justice, director Aideen McAuliffe has put together a hugely talented production team including Sean Daly as musical director and choreographer David O'Connor.

She has also carefully selected more than 150 students between the ages of seven to 18 from Mallow and the surrounding area to make up the cast.

"It is a very colorful and sometimes dark tale, told through powerful and harmonic melodies. The music and lyrics were written by the same composers as Les Miserables, so it won't disappoint," said Aideen.

Tickets, priced at €15 for adults and €12 for students, are available from the Centre Stage office at the Gilbert Centre or from Just Kidding on Main Street.

Aideen urged the people of Mallow to "come along to support the wonderful young people at the Centre Stage and enjoy this remarkable tale.

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