Warwick to present ‘South Pacific’

By on February 15, 2017
Lillian Durbin plays Nellie and Ryan Miller plays Emile in the upcoming WHS production of “South Pacific.” Tickets go on sale this week.

Lillian Durbin plays Nellie and Ryan Miller plays Emile in the upcoming WHS production of “South Pacific.” Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

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.

The story for “South Pacific,” written in 1949, is drawn from a 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 mature French plantation owner, 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 where tragedy strikes, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

The original Broadway production won 10 Tony Awards, including all four acting awards, and many of its songs went on to have a life of their own outside of the musical, 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.”

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.

Ticket sales begin this Friday, Feb. 17, at noon. 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 to the the community in the music technology lab in Warwick High School on Feb. 21 and 28, and March 14 and 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.; and March 7 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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