present one enchanted evening
Express Staff Writer
One of the
most beloved of the big splashy, location primed musicals is Josh Logan,
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s "South Pacific."
Bohrer and Molly Keenan star
in the Wood River High School production of "South Pacific."
Photo by Magic Photography and
May 8 though 11 by the Wood River High School drama department students,
the musical is directed by Rebecca Miller.
time is 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Pacific" was an immediate hit on Broadway in 1949, and a successful
film version followed in 1958. Adapted from James A. Michener’s Pulitzer
Prize-winning "Tales of the South Pacific," it combines
idealistic romance with the realities of a world at war.
its strong messages about prejudice, bravery, lust and innocence it became
only the second musical to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
On a small
South Pacific island, U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush, played here by Erika
Freestone, becomes enchanted with a mysterious Frenchman, Emile de Becque,
played by Manny Santiago. His sensual life-style is vastly opposed to her
own conservative Arkansas background.
Lt. Joe Cable—Adam Bohrer—is befriended by a native woman, Bloody Mary—Jamie
King—who engineers a love affair for him with her beautiful young
daughter, Liat, played by Molly Keenan. While the love affairs rage and
possibly break apart, Cable and Emile de Becque team up for a top-secret
spy mission undertaken against the Japanese fleet from behind enemy lines,
which places the two men in danger.
relief, there is Billis, a completely outrageous enlisted man played by
John Dykstra, a cadre of his fellow sailors, native women and starchy
tunes such as "I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right out of My Hair,"
"There is Nothing Like a Dame," "Bali Ha’i" and
"Some Enchanted Evening" are interspersed with the good natured
fun, nail biting war heroics and passionate romances.
the play are available at Chapter One in Ketchum and Read All about It in