It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Watergate Youth Productions were wowing audiences with their schools production of Les Miserables at the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny but six years on from that iconic youth production, they’re back and this time it’s all eyes on the classic musical Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr.
Based on Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to the 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly’s story of marriage between an American lieutenant and Japanese girl is replaced by a romance between an American GI (Chris, played by Aidan Byrne) and a Vietnamese bar girl (Kim, played by Emma Kelly).
Miss Saigon launched in a transformed Upstairs Gallery at the Watergate Theatre on Sunday last and Ken went along to chat to producer Alan Butler and cast members Aidan Byrne and Emma Kelly. Listen through to the clip below to also get a treat of one of the musical numbers in store.
Tickets for Miss Saigon are currently on sale with the show performing from 2-8 November. Online bookings can be made via WatergateTheatre.com and through the box office on 056 7761674.