More than 150 staff and students from Oakhill College will perform the beautiful love story Miss Saigon next month.
Students from years 7 to 12 comprise the cast and crew who have been rehearsing since February the tragic love story of United States GI Chris Scott who falls in love with Vietnamese bar girl Kim during the Vietnam War.
Their only wish is to be together but they are torn apart by the war and a soldier’s duty.
The head of drama, Di Herron, said: ‘‘This cast, like previous casts, hope to carry on the fine tradition of theatrical performance and a full school performance such as this allows students to work collaboratively across a range of cohort groups and curricula.’’
Student Justin Rynne, who is also drama captain, plays the lead role of Chris.
‘‘Playing Chris has allowed me to use my passion for music and drama, combining them to entertain those who have come to be entertained and have an experience like no other,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s taken many hours of rehearsals and not just the acting or the singing but the lighting, band and stage crew have much work as well.
‘‘With a cast and crew of more than 150, it’s definitely a production no one should miss.’’
For months a set huge in size and imaginative design has been built in the college’s Benildus Hall.
‘‘This play allows for an elaborate set,’’ Mrs Herron said. ‘‘It moves from America to Vietnam to Bangkok.
‘‘This is a great experience for students as it’s based on the reality of the Vietnam War.
‘‘It also allows for a range of characters, from Vietnamese soldiers to Bangkok hustlers and vendors.’’
Miss Saigon will play on June 5-6, 10-11 and 13-14. Cost: $30.
Tickets: Through the Oakhill College drama box-office, firstname.lastname@example.org.