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November 30, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel;
Tales of the South Pacific
by James A. Michener
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Libretto and Best Score! 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. When she learns that the mother of his children was an island native, she is unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised and refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the courageous Lt. 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 may claim both their lives, Nellie must choose between her prejudices or unconditional love and acceptance. Musical numbers include I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa' My Hair, There Ain't Nothing Like a Dame and Some Enchanted Evening.
South Pacific, Camelot Theatre presents the hit musical, SOUTH PACIFIC as the Holiday production to close its 2016 Season. The show opens November 30, 2016 and runs through January 8, 2017. The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. SOUTH PACIFIC is a heartwarming tale of love and romance, war and racial tolerance, and laughter and liveliness.
The score is full of memorable, and timeless tunes such as "Younger than Springtime", "There's Nothing Like a Dame", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair", "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy", and "Some Enchanted Evening." Based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific. The show premiered on Broadway in 1949 and was an immediate hit, running for 1,925 performances.
SOUTH PACIFIC received 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Libretto, and it is the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories. The 2008 Broadway revival won 7 additional Tonys, including Best Musical Revival.
The Camelot Theatre production is Directed by Daniel Stephens and features a cast of 24 local performers led by Don Matthews as Emile de Becque, the charming French man with a dark past, and Stephanie Jones as Nellie Forbush, the "cock-eyed optimist." The supporting cast includes Ellie Mosbaek as Liat, Eric Solis as Lieutenant Cable, Erny Rosales as Billis, and Beatriz Abella as Bloody Mary. Additional cast and ensemble include; Michelle Cipollone, Erik Connolly, Stephen Connolly, Dylan Evans, Autumn Forsyth, Kalindi Garcia, Satya Garcia, Tucker Hamdorf, Kira Herdklotz-Yasutake, Maia Hunter, Paul R. Jones, Austin Kelly, Keely McLean, Uni Mehringer, Nina Newton, Jack Seybold, Taelor Viera, Zaq Wentworth and Jay Lynn Zheng.
SOUTH PACIFIC starts at Camelot on November 30th, with a Benefit Performance for PEO, Previews on December 1st, and opens Friday, December 2nd. The Pay-What-You-Can performance is Wednesday, December 7th, with a Director's Night performance on Friday, December 9th. The production runs through January 8th, 2017.
- Beatriz Abella - Bloody Mary
- Beatriz Abella, mezzo-soprano, received a B.A. in Music from Southern Oregon University. Awards include "Grand Winner" of the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition, First Prize and the "Best Performance Award" with her duet partner in the American Protege International Music Talent Competition. She performed in both award recitals in NYC's Carnegie Hall. Performance locations vary from the Oregon Cabaret Theatre to Mexico and European countries. She sings in the Grace Lutheran Church Choir, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and Rogue Valley Chorale. Laurie Anne Hunter and Ellie Holt-Murray are her teachers. Abella has performed with Brava! Opera and Lyric Opera Northwest.
- Stephanie Jones - Nellie Forbush
- Stephanie Jones studied theatre arts at The Acting Center in Hollywood, CA, vocal training with Laura Derocher and dance at Buddy Schwimmer's Dance Center. She has performed at a number of local theatres in the Rogue Valley. She was most recently seen as Margaret in 9 to 5 at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre and is grateful to have played other roles such as Jocie Jordan/Cheerleader in The Manchurian Candidate at Camelot Theatre, Cherie in Bus Stop at the Craterian Theatre, Rita in Educating Rita, Sahrrah in Solomon's Blade, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Eleanor in Sense and Sensibility, Polly Baker in Crazy for You and Frumah Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof at Camelot Theatre.
- Don Matthews - Emile de Becque
- Don Matthews is the morning host of classical music at Jefferson Public Radio, and has appeared as Petrucchio/Fred in Kiss Me, Kate with Rogue Music Theatre, El Gallo in The Fantasticks with Oregon Stage Works, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha at the Randall Theatre and in numerous productions at the Camelot Theatre, most recently as Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind.
- Erny Rosales - Luther Billis
- South Pacific marks Erny Rosales' 10th main stage production with Camelot Theatre. Favorite Camelot roles include: Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Herman in Sweet Charity, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! and Grantaire in Les Miserables.
- Eric Solis - Lt. Joe Cable
- Eric Solis is currently a junior at SOU in the BFA Acting program. He is originally from Oakdale, CA, but has been enjoying his time working in southern Oregon theatre since he moved here 3 years ago. He is a co-founder of the theatre troupe Puppeteers For Fears, a traveling company that has performed in and around Oregon and Northern California. His favorite roles include Father in Ragtime (YES Company), Emmett in Energy Costs (SOU), and Grop the Sasquatch in Cattle Mutilation: The Musical! (PPF). When he is not onstage at Camelot, he can usually be found selling tickets in the Box Office or selling concessions as a House Manager.
"South Pacific" still hits the high notes
By Jeffrey Gillespie
For the Ashland Daily Tidings and Medford Mail Tribune
Posted December 6, 2016 at 4:25 PM
It's pretty hard to go wrong with Rodgers and Hammerstein, let alone when staging what is arguably their greatest hit, that singular piece of ultra-reliable musical theater known as "South Pacific."
In a charming, if not particularly original, take on this grand old chestnut of the Broadway stage, Camelot Theatre is all but guaranteed a full house over the holiday season. At Sunday's matinee performance, there was barely a seat to be had; the house was packed to the gills with patrons who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show.
The assembled cast galloped through all of the famous standards at a steady pace, and while at least two musical cues were bungled, the performers who fell victim to those errors recovered well enough, and the audience didn't seem to mind.
The story was as enjoyable as ever - dual romances taking shape on an island in the middle of a distant blue ocean. The first is a budding May-December affair between Emile de Becque (Don Matthews) and Nelly Forbush (Stephanie Jones.) The second is a more forbidden tryst between a young military man (Eric Solis) and his Polynesian sweetheart (Jay Lynn Zheng.) These well acted interludes make up the space between such reliable show-tune favorites as "Some Enchanted Evening" and "There is Nothing like a Dame."
Matthews and Jones manage to carry off a touching performance, thanks to good casting, good looks and particularly strong singing and acting from both artists. Matthews was in particularly fine fettle Sunday afternoon as a man of a certain age with a dubious past. Jones does well as a sassy but somehow simultaneously ditzy blond nurse who is just past the age of relying entirely upon her looks to get by in life. The pair have sufficient chemistry to hold up much of the show.
Solis and Zheng are less convincing as star-crossed lovers in an era when interracial relationships are just not done. Their initial meeting - helped in part by some lovely choreography by Beatriz Abella - is the most exciting moment of their entire relationship from an audience perspective.
Also notable in the cast is the ever-amusing Erny Rosales as Seabee Luther Billis, an entrepreneurial sailor who storms the stage with testosterone-soaked glee, accompanied by a group of sidekick seamen who are always hungry for female companionship. The bawling and brawling Billis meets his match in Bloody Mary (Beatriz Abella), who is as tough and streetwise as Billis could ever hope to be.
Playing the straight men of the piece, Jack Seybold and Paul R. Jones are all straight-backed military men as Captain Bracket and his military attache, Commander Harbison. Seybold's acting was the other anchor point on this merry vessel. Keep an eye on him. A delightful interpretation that is part Douglas MacArthur and part Barney Fife, Seybold's Harbison is one of the two best things about this production (the other being Matthews' Emile).
Behind all the glitz of "South Pacific" are heavier themes of lost love, regret, racism and the toll of war. Even if you've seen it a few times before (and most of us have), it's still worth seeing again, if only to remind us of the impact that ignorance and bellicosity can take on the human soul; regardless of the color or gender of the body in which that soul resides.
All does not end as well as it should for the habitues of this strategically important South Sea atoll, and yet "South Pacific" remains uplifting and enjoyable as ever it was. Enjoy the show.
"South Pacific" plays at Camelot Theatre in Talent from Nov. 30 through Jan. 8.