Opera House role for Ronan

Tyrone student Ronan Johnson who has been chosen to play a lead role in the Grand Opera House's Summer Youth Production.'Photo by Aaron McCracken
Tyrone student Ronan Johnson who has been chosen to play a lead role in the Grand Opera House's Summer Youth Production.'Photo by Aaron McCracken

All the world will be a stage for Tyrone student Ronan Johnson this summer.

For the young man from Coalisland has been chosen to play a lead role in the Grand Opera House’s Summer Youth Production, Miss Saigon® School Edition.

Miss Saigon is one of the greatest theatrical spectacles of all time and one of the most successful musicals ever to have played in the West End and Broadway. Nominated for more than 35 major theatre awards, it has won two Oliver Awards and three Tony Awards since its 1989 premiere.

Now in its ninth year, the Grand Opera House Summer Youth Production gives young aspiring performers like Ronan the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people on the iconic Grand Opera House stage. Over, 1,700 participants have been through the Theatre’s Summer Youth Project since it started in 2011. Last year’s production, The Wizard of Oz, was described by critics as “jaw-droppingly stunningly impressive” and “utterly professional”. This year, for the first time, the Grand Opera House will present not one but two large-scale productions – Bugsy Malone, starring more than 100 local 10-18 year-olds, and Miss Saigon® School Edition, with a cast of 60 talented young people aged 16-18.

Ronan said: “I am really excited to be involved in this year’s Summer Youth Production at the Grand Opera House. It was the best feeling ever to be told that I would be performing the lead role of Chris, in such an incredible musical. I was really proud of myself and couldn’t wait to tell my family, who are so thrilled for me. To be performing on the Grand Opera House stage will be such an unforgettable experience.”

Ian Wilson, Chief Executive of the Grand Opera House, said: “Each year the Grand Opera House presents Northern Ireland’s biggest youth theatre project and we are especially delighted to have secured the rights to Miss Saigon® School Edition which are not granted very often to Theatres of our size.”

With music by the highly acclaimed Claude-Michel Schönberg and an impressive score that includes Last Night of the World and American Dream, Miss Saigon® School Edition runs at the Grand Opera House from Thursday to Sunday 18-21 July. For tickets, visit goh.co.uk.