FOX VALLEY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Calumet County, Fond du Lac County, Outagamie County, Winnebago County

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘Miss Saigon’ appearance in Appleton includes community events

Critic At Large

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Scene from touring production of “Miss Saigon.” (Matthew Murphy)

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV)

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host eight performances of the touring production of “Miss Saigon” next week.

The center also has fostered three events as part of its Community Engagement offerings.

Available at foxcitiespac.com is a study guide on the production and background on the Vietnam War.

Performances of the musical are at 8 p.m. Feb. 18; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-21; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Info: foxcitiespac.com.

According to the website: This is a new production of the story of young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. just before the fall of Saigon.

Series logo.

Additionally, three free programs called Community Conversations are offered in association with the run of the show. According to the center, “These conversations are designed to help the community better understand the culture and time period in which the musical takes place.” The schedule:

+ “Asian Refugee & Immigrant Stories with ‘Miss Saigon’,” Feb. 17, Kimberly-Clark Theater of Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 5 p.m., event from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Two visiting cast members from “Miss Saigon” recount their family experiences as children of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants. Their personal narratives will offer insight into the world and point in history when “Miss Saigon” takes place.

+ “Soldiers’ Perspectives on the Vietnam War,” Feb. 19, Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton. Book presentation, “Fly Until You Die,” 4-5 p.m. Panel discussion with veterans, 5-6:30 p.m.

A discussion led by Dr. Chia Youyee Vang is designed to learn more about soldiers’ perspectives of the Vietnam War. As author of “Fly Until You Die,” an oral history of the Hmong pilots in the Vietnam War, Dr. Vang will discuss the multiple perspectives she has heard through her research and talk with diverse local veterans about their similar and different experiences from this point in history, represented throughout the production of “Miss Saigon.”

+ “Asian Identity, Culture and Gender Dynamics,” Feb. 22, Long Cheng Market, 1800 S. Lawe St., Appleton.

Led by a panel of community members, the discussion is about the Asian community, its struggles, successes and challenging stereotypes throughout Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond. Inspired by “Miss Saigon,” moderator Dr. Pam Her will provide a thoughtful examination comparing and contrasting personal experiences to the show’s themes.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Coronavirus News

More Coronavirus

Trending Stories

Your Local Election HQ

More Election

Local Sports

Notre Dame opens with shutout win over Kaukauna

WPGA Championship wraps up at Green Bay Country Club, Smith shoots 68 to win

HSSPX: Clintonville's Wederath defies blindness to take court

High School Sports Xtra - Area Football Previews

Green and Gold Game Day - Picks and Final Thoughts

Green and Gold Game Day - Live in Minneapolis talking offense