NCHS Theatre Department hard at work on Spring Production: SOUTH PACIFIC

NCHS Theatre Department hard at work on Spring Production: SOUTH PACIFIC

The NCHS Theater students are currently in rehearsals for their spring 2019 production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC, a musical classic. Music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and JOSHUA LOGAN, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener.

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 young Lieutenant 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.

This is the first musical that NCHS has endeavored since Schoolhouse Rock in Spring 2012. “This was the right time to do a musical again,” states Ellie Haynie, musical director, art teacher and NVHS alumni. “With Mrs. Angelia Steiner (library coordinator) and Mr. Todd Krause (band and vocals teacher) on board as assistant directors, we knew we could do it.” Add to that our talented NCHS students, and plan on a wonderful musical theater experience!

Rehearsals and set construction began in late January and are going well, according to assistant director Angelia Steiner, Library Coordinator at NCHS. “Everyone is doing a great job!” says Steiner. “We are proud of the time and hard work that these students are committing to this production.” Steiner directed plays and musicals at Centralia High School (including SOUTH PACIFIC!) from 1990-2002.

The cast includes the following: Ensign Nellie Forbush, US Navy Nurse: Rebecca Haverkamp; Emile de Becque, expatriate French planter: Ethan Stewart; Ngana, his daughter: Ashley Hammes; Jerome, his son: Alan Vasquez; Henri, his native servant: Pablo Gerosa; Bloody Mary, an islander: Abby Yunghans; Liat, her daughter, a young Tonkinese woman: Jessie Deters; Marcel, Bloody Mary’s assistant: Taegan Duryea; Luther Billis, an entrepreneurial sailor: Evan Schmitz; Stewpot (Carpenter’s Mate 2nd Class George Watts): Dominic Hammes; Professor: Pablo Gerosa; Lt. Joseph Cable, a young Marine officer: Peter Ganstrom; Captain George Brackett, Military Commanding Officer of island: Seth Wilson; Commander William Harbison: Dominic Hammes; Lieutenant Buzz Adams: Garrett Schmelzle; Yeoman Herbert Quayle: Roland Voracek; Seaman Tom O’Brien: Garrett Schmelzle; Radio Operator Bob McAffrey: Dawson Willmeth; Ensign Dinah Murphy: Allison Schmelzle; Ensign Janet MacGregor: Corley Becker; Lieutenant Genevieve Marshall, lead nurse: Holly Beenblossom; Ensign Connie Walewska: Amber Blume; Ensign Lisa Minelli: Aspin Parker; and Ensign Pamela Whitmore: Jessie Deters.

The crew includes student director Megan Deters, assistant student director Corley Becker, house manager Austin Gerety, lighting and sound crew Garrett Bennett, Jessica Meyer, Calli Class and Ea Schmelzle; costumes, hair and makeup manager Maya Rettele; and backstage crew Michelle Koch, Malissa Deters, Desiree Garner and Codi Cooper.

The curtain will rise Friday, April 12 at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults at the door; students are free. There is no reserved seating Friday evening.

The curtain will rise Saturday, April 13 at 7 pm; dinner will be served at 6 pm prior to the performance. Dinner theater tickets are $15 each and must be made by emailing Angelia Steiner at asteiner@usd115.org by Wednesday, April 10. You may come just to see the play Saturday evening: tickets are $5 for adults at the door; students are free. There is no reserved seating if you are not having the dinner.

There will also be a Sunday matinee at 2 pm April 14. Tickets are $5 for adults at the door; students are free. There is no reserved seating for the matinee.

We hope you will come and witness the magic of musical theater and support our NCHS students!

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