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SLHS thespians to stage 'South Pacific'

Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Seabees, sailors, Marines, Navy nurses, Polynesian natives and French planters will take to the South Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, 10 and 11 to present Storm Lake High School's fall musical "South Pacific."

Tickets are currently on sale from cast and crew members, the SLHS office or at the door each night. All seats are $5 and no activity passes will be honored for the musical.

For the past two months, close to 100 SLHS students and adults have been in rehearsal, building sets or painting drops in preparation of the three day run. The musical features such well-known songs as "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "Younger Than Springtime," "I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy," and "Some Enchanted Evening."

Set in the South Pacific during World War II, the musical, amidst its love stories and military shenanigans, looks at some of the prejudice that comes from being in unknown places with people different from ourselves as expressed in the lesser-known musical number, "You've Got to be Carefully Taught."

Adapted from the Pulitzer prize-winning novel, "Tales of the South Pacific," by James A. Michener, "South Pacific" features music by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The production is presented through special arrangement with The Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library in New York City.

The play begins when Ensign Nellie Forbush (Katy Argotsinger), a bright, wholesome, small town girl and Navy nurse falls in love with Emile De Becque (Cory Sievers), a mature and friendly French planter who fled France to start a new life in the South Pacific. Their love story is paralleled by Joe Cable (Nate Otto), a handsome, young Marine officer and Liat (Beth Soellner), the beautiful and devoted Toninese daughter of Bloody Mary (Jeannie Lullman), a shrewd entrepreneur who sells souvenirs to the American sailors. Luther Billis (Chad Hotovec), one of the occupying sailors, tries to horn in on the lucrative souvenir business himself, providing plenty of comic relief throughout the action of the musical. When Emile proposes to Nellie, she doubts her ability to overcome their age and cultural differences. Lt. Cable must choose between his military mission or marrying Liat.

Read the rest of this article in the 10/31 Pilot Tribune.