The hottest ticket in town

Scalby School production of Miss Saigon
Scalby School production of Miss Saigon

Scalby School’s production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre is one of the hottest tickets in town with two nights sold out and 169 seats left out of 1,650.

The musical with a cast of more than 100 opens on Tuesday February 12 and runs until Saturday February 16.

The Friday and Saturday performances are sold out. There are 87 left for Tuesday, 38 for Wednesay and 43 for Thursday.

“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.”

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 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.

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