Meet Tyler! We first spotted Tyler, an East Coast native, riding last summer in Omaha Nebraska. What was he doing so far from home? He’s part of Miss Saigon’s US tour! Depicting the classic love story based in South Asia, an American Marine falls in love with a Vietnamese woman. Tyler performs as Little Tam, the son of these two main characters.
We caught up with Tyler’s mom, Stephanie, to chat about life on tour, Tyler’s love of cars, and the best places to ride scooters in the USA.
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So, your family is touring with Miss Saigon & Tyler is little Tam. When and how did you get the part?
Tyler’s agent shared a casting for the role back in August of 2018. He auditioned, then received a call that he was selected to play the role right after Thanksgiving. We scrambled to get all the paperwork and school sign-off and hit the road on 12/05/18!
I can only imagine how difficult it was to pack for a nationwide tour! How did your Maxi scooter make the cut?
We are allowed 2 suitcases each, plus are given a trunk to store our bulky/heavy belongings that gets transported by trucks from city to city. What we liked most about his Maxi Scooter was that the T-Bar can be removed easily and stored when it was travel day.
What’s something people might not know about living life on tour?
Being on tour has many perks, we love visiting new cities, sightseeing, and eating at each of the cities’ well known spots. You will soon become a travel pro in packing the necessities (like Tyler’s favorite toys, Switch, books, and of course Hot Wheels cars). It’s super cool taking backstage pics, and photo ops around each city to add to our life long memories.
We think scooting is the best way to get around. Where is the best place you’ve ridden your scooter on tour?
Oh there were many cities we visited (over 21!), but in no particular order: LA, Denver, Omaha, San Diego, Boston.
Lightning round for Tyler!
What's your favorite snack? Pocky (Japanese Chocolate covered biscuit sticks)
Favorite movie? Alvin & the Chipmunks
Favorite color? Navy
Something random about you? I love cars! Any model or make, I can name it 99% of the time.
One last note from Stephanie:
We would like to send a shout out to my Saigon Family, and a big high five to my Mom & Dad for following me along as I performed for over 10+months as Tam. Can’t wait to come back home and scoot around Long Island again and try it in the snow!
What a year! Do you think you could handle life on tour? Tyler and his family have proven themselves to be total super stars. We love seeing them take their Micro on the road!
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Big thanks to Stephanie and her family for sharing their journey on tour! We sourced this post's photos from Tyler's Instagram where you can follow along with their adventures.