South Pacific

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Event date: 6/7/2019 7:30 PM - 6/15/2019 7:30 PM Export event
South Pacific
Emma Gingold
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South Pacific

Two Weekends: Fridays 7:30pm; Saturdays 2pm & 7:30pm at Community Yellow Box Theatre

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Based on Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical based on James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific was an immediate success. Celebrating its seventieth anniversary, along with seventeen Tony Awards, and one Pulitzer prize, South Pacific remains musically enthralling, emotionally gripping, and culturally relevant. The plot pulls characters and storylines from Michener’s Tales to weave a narrative about stifling gender roles, deeply ingrained racial prejudice, and the lengths to which a person will go for love—whether love of another person, love of country, or love of money.

The Story

Nellie Forbush, an army nurse from Arkansas, is stationed on an island in Melanesia during World War II. She is an optimist to the point of naïveté, believing that the Allies will win the war and she will live happily ever after with a wealthy French expatriate, Emile de Becque, with whom she has fallen in love. Emile has mixed race children with his late wife, a Polynesian woman, but Nellie was raised in a part of the world and at a time where dark skin is something to be disdained. Meanwhile, young Lieutenant Cable meets the foul-mouthed islander Bloody Mary, the only woman on the island who is not a commissioned officer. She introduces him to her daughter, Liat, and the two young people immediately fall in love. However, Cable is frustrated that he cannot love this Tonkinese girl enough to overcome his prejudice, which has been “carefully taught” to American children. The common thread between these poignant stories is Luther Billis, an American Seabee whose desire for money and women provides some welcome comedic relief.


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Production Team

Stage Manager:
Katie Espinoza

Steve Koek
Chelsea Ward

Props Master:
Sara Blankenstyn

Props Master:
Sharesa Uher Moffitt

Sound Design:
Jeff Sand
Tech Dir/Scene Design:
Charles Martin
Lighting Design
Sam Lee

Production Manager:
Andi Koek

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GREAT NEWS! After a long hunt (learn more here) we've found a great home for this summer. Community Yellow Box Theatre in the Community Christian Church complex at Ogden and Rickert in Naperville.

Summer Place is performing in the Community Yellow Box Theatre in the Community Christian Church complex, 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville. The theatre is at the opposite end of the building from the pictured door.

View of the "black box" styled theatre from the back row. The theatre is 40 feet wide. The stage area is 20 feet deep. Imagine rippling ocean waves and the island of Bali Ha'i on the projection screen!


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