Event date: 6/7/2019 7:30 PM - 6/16/2019 3:00 PM Export event
Two Weekends: June 7-16, 2019; Location TBD
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.
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 deBecque, 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.
The original production was so wildly popular that scalpers sold tickets for $200, which would be about $2000 now. There was even a market for fake ticket stubs so audience member wannabes could brag about their attendance to their friends. Luckily, our ticket prices are much more reasonable and they go on sale February 1. Until then, consider a Season Ticket and enjoy all 3 summer shows at an early-bird price. Great stocking stuffer! Buy yours now!
Our home for over 20 years, the Naperville Central High School Auditorium ("when the kids move out, we move in!"), will be under construction this summer, installing a brand new lighting system. It'll be great for the kids when they get back in the fall, but it's putting us out of a home this summer. The decision was recently made to perform the work, so we're busy right now looking for new quarters. (See our news article for more details)
No worries; we'll put on a show if we have to go back to performing in a tent, like we did for years when we first started. As soon as we know, we'll post it here, and notify all our ticket holders as well via email.
Unified auditions for South Pacific and our other two shows will occur in April. Please keep an eye on our Auditions page, “like” us on Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on important season announcements!
as of 12/1/18
Music Director: Emma Gingold
Producer: Steve Koek
We are seeking a Director, Choreographer, and other crew. Apply@summerplacetheatre.org