Tying together stories of love, war, racism

  • Emma Flynn as Nellie Forbush rehearses a scene in Interlakes Theatre production of “South Pacific.” Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 7/19/2017 5:09:32 PM

Interlakes Theatre in Meredith will bring the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein Broadway musical South Pacific to life for the next two weeks.

Brian Feehan, director and choreographer of the show, is no stranger to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s work, having previously directed Carousel and the Sound of Music.

South Pacific is, based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection Tales of the South Pacific.

American nurse, Nellie Forbus, is stationed on the island and falls in love with a French expatriate, Emile de Becque, who runs plantation there.

The snag in their relationship comes when Nellie finds out that Emile has two mixed-race children from a previous relationship with a Polynesian woman.

A secondary romance between U.S. Lieutenant Joseph Cable and a young Tonkinese woman, Liat. The woman’s mother, known as Bloody Mary, sees Cable as her daughter’s ticket to a better life, but Cable considers the repercussions of bringing Liat home.

Songs from the show, such as “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Out of my Hair” and “Dites-Moi,” have made their way into popular canon.

The cast is comprised theatre professionals and student interns including Christopher Essex, Carnegie Mellon; Emma Flynn, Hart School of Music; Corey Kline, Ithaca College; Victoria Benkoski of New York; Juna Shai, Illinois Weslyan University; Nicholas Berninger, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Shows will be held through July 30 with times Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 5 p.m. and Thursday matinees at 2 p.m.

Regular tickets are $25 to $33, based on age. Tickets are available for veterans for $20.

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit interlakestheatre.com or call 707-6035.

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