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CCT to present 'South Pacific'

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The musical classic "South Pacific" to be presented by the Cherokee Community Theatre appeals to all ages. Here, lead actors Amy and Mark Sarchet share stage time with two young supporting cast members, Grace de Vega, and Cam Johnson durng a recent rehearsal. Photo by Vanessa Reusch
Incomparable classic a musical treat for all ages

The Cherokee Community Theatre production of "South Pacific" is scheduled for six thrilling performances beginning Tuesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. and concluding with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29 at the Cherokee Washington High School Auditorium.

All Auditorium seats are reserved for "South Pacific" for all performances. Reservations may be obtained by calling 225-4440. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $7 for children.

The energetic cast includes some talented, well-known local musicians singing the much-loved Richard Rodgers' (Rodgers & Hammerstein) songs. Marc Sarchet will appear as the mature, sophisticated French planter, Emile de Barque, who sings "Some Enchanted Evening" as he falls in love with an American military nurse, Nellie Forbush. Amy Sarchet is delightful as that spunky Arkansas nurse who sings "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair" when she realizes she doesn't really know Emile well, and is torn by long-held prejudice and her heartfelt love for him.

A seasoned Blake Burroughs is featured as the handsome, intelligent American Marine, Lt. Joseph Cable, who has arrived at the island on a dangerous secret mission that might turn the tide against Japan in this World War II Pacific island setting. Cable falls in love with a beautiful Polynesian girl, Liat, and sings "Younger Than Springtime" for her.

Other CCT veterans are also principals in the large cast. Gene Galvin and Dave Zelle give unparalleled interpretations in the roles of the brass at the American base in the Pacific.

Sydney Morton takes on the role of Bloody Mary, a shrewd native merchant who makes a fortune selling sailors grass skirts to send home to their sweethearts. Nicholas Loughlin inhabits the role of the lovable Seabee Luther Billis who has little respect for authority and has become quite an entrepreneur. Stewpot, played by Ryan Brown, is on hand to add to the whole crew's rollicking fun.

The restless military men are bored because they are not in combat and there are few women nearby. They first sing "Bloody Mary Is The Girl I Love" and later belt out "There Is Nothing Like A Dame" to express their frustration. Billis proposes that the men find a way to get to the mystical off-shore island, Bali Ha'i, the home of the fabled Boar's Tooth Ceremony and Polynesian women, for some R&R!

The incredible, cherished music of "South Pacific" that has endured through time bravely confronts the themes of racism and bigotry and the struggle to rise above these concepts.

The musical classic, based on the book by James A. Michener, was first staged on Broadway in 1949, won nine Tony Awards that year, and in 1950 won the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

Members of the supporting class include Kathryn Cook, Jenae Lundell, Eric Boisen, Ashley Weede, Katie Proed, Cameron Johnson, Steven Rupp, Kara Klingborg, Patrick Loughlin, Riley Van Leeuwen, Nicole Springer, John Bieber, Aaron Hofmeyer, Lisa Hunter, Ryan Rosentrater, and Grace de Vega.

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