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Huntington Beach Union High School District

Huntington Beach Academy of the Peforming Arts

The Academy for the Performing Arts located on the campus of Huntington Beach High School will be presenting two stage plays for our district and school community. The first play will be Miss Saigon. Miss Saigon will run over consecutive weekends, March 20-22 and March 27-29. The play is a tragedy of passion and beauty Miss Saigon is one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. Nominated for an incredible number of Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk Awards, Miss Saigon is based on Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl in 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War.

In April, the Academy will be performing the classic literature of the Scarlet Letter. This stage play will be on April 23-26. In a Puritan settlement in Boston in the mid 1600’s, inside the jail is one Hester Prynne, an adulteress who's just about to be released from prison so that she can be paraded through town, displaying the scarlet "A" that she's been forced to wear as evidence of her adultery. The townspeople are outraged and it is supposed to be a mark of shame, but since Hester is a master at needlework, she makes her “A” beautiful. She has a baby daughter, Pearl, but her husband has been away for two full years. Hester has committed an inexcusable crime and has compounded it and confounded her prosecutors by refusing to name her partner in sin. The man who allows her to protect him suffers more from pangs of conscience than he would have from public humiliation. The dramatic climax shows us once again the timeless truth that compassion and understanding are forever more powerful than vengeance and cruelty.

Visit the Miss Saigon informational flyer:
Visit the Scarlet Letter informational flyer:
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