Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Memorial High prepares for South Pacific

Memorial High School’s Theatre Department will present Rogers and Hammerstein’s award-winning musical, South Pacific, beginning Feb. 21.

A classic American love story set during World War I, South Pacific tells the story of a Navy nurse, Ensign Nellie Forbush, who falls in love with Emile de Becque, a French plantation owner. The couple’s relationship grows complex due to the era’s racial barriers, leading to Forbush’s struggle to accept Becque’s mixed-race children.

This issue of prejudice is candidly explored in song, too. Set in the sunny South Pacific islands, the famous production features tropical sets, catchy dancing and costumes that range from grass skirts to military uniforms.

The show is directed by Nicole Rae Morgan. Performances will be at 7:30 pm on Feb. 21, 23, 28 and March. 1-2, with a matinee scheduled at 2:30 p.m. on March. 2. Tickets for South Pacific cost $15, and they’re available for purchase online.

For details or to buy tickets online, visit www.mhstheatre.com

- Publicity photos courtesy Sydney Shin and Kathy Patton
- Communications Dept. intern Kali Venable compiled this report


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