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South Pacific Opens at The Western Stage
The Western Stage concludes its 2007 season with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s World War II epic South Pacific. Based on a novel by James Michener, this timeless drama from the golden age of the American musical explores questions of love, race, and prejudice. South Pacific plays on the main stage, Hartnell College Performing Arts Center, November 30 - December 8. Performances are Friday and Saturday at and Sunday at . To purchase tickets, visit The Western Stage online at westernstage.com or call the box office at 831-375-2111. (85 Word PSA)
American theatre is chock-full of great playwriting teams: Kaufman and Hart, Gilbert and Sullivan, Brecht and Weill. But few can match the record of success the great musical team of Rodgers and Hammerstein. From their first collaboration, the groundbreaking “Oklahoma” in 1943, to their final project, “The Sound of Music” in 1959, they proved to be the most innovative and successful teams in Broadway history.
This holiday season The Western Stage gives local theatergoers an opportunity to discover what made Rodgers and Hammerstein the best of their generation with “South Pacific”. Opening November 10 and running through December 8, “South Pacific” blends classic standards like “I’m Going to Wash that Man Right Outta’ My Hair” and “Some Enchanted Evening” with a powerful story of love, race, and prejudice.
Set on a South Pacific island during World War II, the play follows the adventures of Emile de Becque, a middle-aged French plantation owner. The romance begins when he meets and falls in love with Ensign Nellie Forbush, a Navy nurse. Marriage is all but assured until she discovers that her fiancée has had two Eurasian children with a Polynesian girl. Unable to reconcile her discomfort with the mixed race children, she threatens to call the marriage off.
Meanwhile, in a parallel plot, a Marine Lieutenant named Cable comes to the island to ask Emile to help him on a mission to set up a coast watch on a nearby Japanese held island. While visiting Emile, Cable falls in love with the daughter of Bloody Mary, a Tankanese souvenir dealer. However, when Mary tries to persuade Cable to marry her daughter, Cable refuses because of her race.
Perceiving that he lost everything by losing Nellie, Emile decides to help Lieutenant Cable on his dangerous mission to the Japanese held island where one of them may or may not return alive.
Considered Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest musical, “South Pacific” is more than just a World War II drama. It’s an exploration of a topic that is still as relevant today as it was sixty years ago. Can two people overcome the boundaries of race to find true love?
“South Pacific” is directed by Jeff McGrath whose previous TWS directing credits include “The Real Thing” (2006), “Oliver!” (2006), and “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” (2003).
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To purchase individual tickets visit The Western Stage online at westernstage.com or call the box office at 831-375-2111.
TWS Literary Associate, Dan Tarker