Miss San Ramon
NINA GOSIENGFIAO didn’t have much of a summer vacation. The San Ramon
teen traveled to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the national
Talent Rock pageant, where she won first prize in the acting
competition and was a finalist in the singing competition. Then Nina
came back to the East Bay and landed the lead role of Kim in the Diablo
Light Opera Company’s big-budget production of Miss Saigon, which hits the Lesher Center stage this month.
“This is my biggest role yet, and it’s also a chance to sing with an
orchestra,” says Nina, 15, who began performing at age nine with
Imagine Performing Arts. “I’m excited to be working with these
professionals. Some of the cast members are from the touring version of
Opening night will mark the first time Nina has ever seen a production
of Miss Saigon. “I’ve been listening to three different productions on
CD, so I feel like I know it well,” she says.
Miss Saigon runs September 2–October 1 at the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. For tickets, call (925) 943-7469 or go to www.dlrca.org .