Event Date

November 8, 2008

Smash Broadway hit now on stage

"South Pacific" Plays November 8-23 in Carson City

The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company brings Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, South Pacific to the Carson City Community Center in nine performances, November 8-23.

South Pacific animates two love stories set in the Polynesian Islands during World War II with a powerhouse, big-Broadway score, including "There is Nothing Like a Dame," "Some Enchanted Evening," and "Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair."

The musical swept the Tony Awards when it was released in 1949, and again captured seven awards this year for its current Broadway revival, which is playing to enthusiastic, sold-out audiences.

The show focuses on two couples that fall in love during the war but find their happiness threatened by the harshness of the war and by their own prejudices. Nellie, an American army nurse, falls in love with a French planter but rejects him when she learns that his children are half Polynesian. Although he loves her deeply, Lieutenant Cable won't marry a beautiful young woman because she is Tonkinese.

The show won a Pulitzer prize for a script that was unusually honest for a musical of its day. Musical theatre critics in 1949 considered the discussion of prejudice offensive and called on the authors to remove the song, "You've Got to be Carefully Taught," in which Cable reviles himself for his closed-mindedness. Critics today hail the theme of the work as timeless and are quick to apply modern day parallels.

However serious the themes might become, they are deftly uplifted by comic scenes that have become musical theatre classics, including a high-spirited romp through "Honey Bun" and the sailors' comic lament, "There is Nothing Like a Dame."

Playing Nellie Forbush is Sarah Pennebaker, known for standing-ovation performances in several WNMTC performances, including Brigadoon and My Fair Lady. Mark D. Williams plays Emile DeBecque. Williams has performed professionally across the United States, garnering rave reviews.

Stephanie Arrigotti produces and directs, Gina Kaskie-Davis is the choreographer.
The show runs at the Carson City Community Center Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is also a matinee on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets: $18 for general admission, $16 for students and seniors, and $14 for youth 17 and under.

For tickets and information, call 775-445-4249.

Press Release: October 17, 2008

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