Musical production looks set to be a smash hit for Scalby School

Tickets are selling fast for the Scalby School production of hit musical Miss Saigon at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

There are 350 left for the show which runs from Tuesday February 12 to Saturday February 16, daily at 7.30pm.

Scalby School's production of Miss Saigon. Lucy Hallam and Imogen Watt Pattison perform

Scalby School's production of Miss Saigon. Lucy Hallam and Imogen Watt Pattison perform

Rehearsals are now moving on apace with many costumes for the principal players completed.

“There are very high expectations of this show,” said director Chris Taylor. “The question is can we live up to what we have done in the past.”

The school staged The Wedding Singer at the Stephen Joseph last year and Les Miserables – the world’s biggest musical – the year before.

“This is the second biggest musical of all time,” said Chris, “and every principal apart from one is new and untested.”

Scalby School's production of Miss Saigon

Scalby School's production of Miss Saigon

The show is by Les Miserables creators Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil and is based on Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. It takes place at the end of the Vietnam War. Kim, an orphan bar girl, is ‘sold’ to a Marine, Chris. They fall in love and agree to get married. Chris heads back to his camp to arrange for his new wife to come back to America, but the evacuation is under way and he leaves without her. Three years pass and Kim is still waiting for Chris to return and take her, and their child, away. When Chris learns Kim is alive and has borne him a son, he returns, but now has a new wife and they must deal with the consequences.

Playing Chris is Callum Marshall, who was in The Wedding Singer. Hannah Walker and Imogen Watt-Pattison share the role of Kim.

“I’m looking forward to the show and making my friends and family proud,” said Hannah. Imogen has enjoyed making new friends and being part of a team.

The show has been sponsored to the tune of £1,000 by Scarborough-based firm Peace of Mind Financial Solutions Ltd.

“We are delighted to sponsor the production,” said its managing director Nigel Wood, whose daughter Eleanor is in the show.

The musical director is Scalby School head of performing arts Jon Morgan. He and a six-piece band will be recreating the sound of a 26-piece orchestra.

“This is the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done,” said Jon. “But I am really excited at the prospect.”