Child stars needed for Miss Saigon

THE search is on at Ballina Players for the next line-up of stars for their latest production, Miss Saigon.

The Players are searching for several children to play the role of Tam, the love child of a Vietnamese girl and an American soldier, who is central to the popular musical’s tragic plot.

Three or four children will share the role and will need to be able to take direction and remain in character.

“Even though the child is Vietnamese in the original production, we can use wigs and make-up to change their appearance, so it’s not necessary the children who play Tam are Vietnamese in origin,” Miss Saigon production manager Lynn Gough says.

“They will need to pass for three years of age, and each will perform the non-speaking, non-singing role for four to six performances.”

Set during the dying days of occupied Saigon and the Vietnam War, Miss Saigon tells the tragic story of the relationship between Kim, a Vietnamese bargirl (Grace Cockburn) and Chris, an American soldier (Dean Doyle).

They are caught up in events beyond their control.

“This production promises to be another sell-out spectacular. The costumes are just wonderful,” Gough says.

“For some weeks now, we have been receiving ticket enquires for the show. I think it will be as big as The Boy from Oz.”

For further information on the role of Tam, phone Lynn Gough on 0409 031 641.

Miss Saigon will be staged at the Players Theatre, Swift Street, in Ballina from June 18 until July 10. Tickets are $27/24/15 and will be available from Monday at Just Funkin Music, Ballina. Call 6686 2440.

Opening night on Friday, June 18, is a premium, black-tie occasion. A limited number of special tickets are available for this catered event.

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