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Theater Review: Miss Saigon under the stars

Tuesday, July 3, 2007—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

The legendary Miss Saigon is one of the most successful of recent Broadway musicals. This epic love story, inspired by Puccini's Madame Butterfly, has captured the excited attention of audiences around the world.

The Ohlone College Theatre Department presents Miss Saigon outdoors, under the stars at the Smith Center Amphitheatre. Set in 1975 during the Vietnam War, the story tells of Vietnamese villagers who escape to Saigon for refuge. One of the refugees is 17-year-old Kim, forced to work in a bordello in order to survive. She meets Chris, an American GI, and they quickly fall in love. Tragedy unveils during the final days leading up to the American evacuation of Saigon that appears to tear their relationship apart. Audiences will fall in love with this heart-wrenching and passionate story.

The show features 40 cast members and a live orchestra of about 20 people. The cast members are either current Ohlone students or community members, returning Ohlone students or people who have participated in Summerfest productions in the past.

The show is directed by Tom Blank, choreographed by Janel Tomblin-Brown, vocal direction by Janet Holmes, musical direction by Phil Zahorsky, set design by Fred Alim, lighting design by Christopher Booras, and costume design by Aggie De Lucchi.

For an additional cost, a delicious Asian buffet will be served an hour and a half before the event. Tickets available online at

Miss Saigon
July 6-7, 12-14
7 p.m. Dinner Buffet (extra charge)
8:30 p.m. - Showtime
Smith Center Amphitheatre at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 659-6031

Adults $20; $30 with dinner
Seniors/Students: $18; $25 with dinner
Youth under 12: $15; $20 with dinner

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