WHS staging ‘South Pacific’

By on March 8, 2017
Lillian Durbin as Nellie and Ryan Miller as Emile star in Warwick High School’s production of “South Pacific.”

Lillian Durbin as Nellie and Ryan Miller as Emile star in Warwick High School’s production of “South Pacific.”

Warwick High School stage will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m., in the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center.

“South Pacific” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by James A. Michener, entitled “Tales of the South Pacific.” Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.

Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe’s life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

The musical features familiar songs, including: “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “Happy Talk,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Younger than Springtime,” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy.”

Online tickets can be purchased by going to: warwicksd.org and clicking on the South Pacific Musical button on the right-hand side of the home page. Tickets will also be sold in the music technology lab at Warwick High School on March 14 and March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. If tickets are still available they will also be sold in the auditorium lobby prior to each of the performances.

Ticket prices are: (center section) $13 for adults, $11 for senior citizens and students; (rear mezzanine and left/right front) $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and students.

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