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Sugar Grove youth to make pro theater debut in 'Miss Saigon'

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Sugar Grove resident Zachary Uzarraga, 8, will play the role of Tam in the upcoming Paramount Theatre production of "Miss Saigon."

When 8-year-old Zachary Uzarraga of Sugar Grove steps onto the Paramount Theatre stage later this month as part of the cast of “Miss Saigon,” he will follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Matthew.

Zachary will make his professional theater debut in the role of Tam in “Miss Saigon,” which will be presented Oct. 30 to Nov. 24 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. His brother, Matthew, 10, also made his professional theater debut at the Paramount Theatre when he performed in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in 2011.

Matthew happens to be Zachary’s understudy in “Miss Saigon.” Their mother, Estrellita Uzarraga, said both Matthew and Zachary always have had an aptitude for acting.

“They are both very outgoing,” she said. “They are hams. Now Zachary is following in Matthew’s footsteps. It’s pretty cool. We owe a lot to Paramount artistic director Jim Corti, who has given both of them opportunities.”

She wants to help them hone their acting skills.

“I did community theater ever since I was in junior high, but I never did it professionally,” she said. “My parents didn’t encourage it.”

Zachary said he loves being on stage and that, “it’s fun to stand on stage and meet the cast.” He admitted he is kind of nervous about his upcoming role.

“I’m supposed to be scared in the part, but it’s hard for me not to smile during the scary parts,” he said. “When I get on stage, it makes me so happy.”

Tickets to “Miss Saigon” are available by going to www.paramountaurora.com or by calling 630-896-6666.

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