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WHS Presents South Pacific Musical

WHS Presents South Pacific Musical

Warwick HS Presents “South Pacific” this Weekend

Warwick High School Drama Department presents Rodger & Hammerstein’s great musical, South Pacific this Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 19 at 2 PM in the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center, 301 West Orange Street, Lititz.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased one hour prior to each show. Prices are: (Center Section) $13 for Adults, $11 for Senior Citizens and Students; (Rear Mezzanine & Left/Right Front) $11 for Adults, $9 for Senior Citizens and Students.

The story for Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 musical, South Pacific, is drawn from a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel by James A. Michener, entitled “Tales of the South Pacific”. 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. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping 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 claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

The original Broadway production won ten Tony Awards, including all four acting awards, and many of its songs went on to have a life of their own outside of the musical, including “Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "Happy Talk," "Bali Ha'i," "Younger than Springtime," and "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy."

According to Vocal Director, Debra Kline-Smith and Drama Director, Jill Gagliano, South Pacific is typical of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s musicals. It is filled with comic relief, beautiful melodies and romance.

They continued, “As our version of South Pacific has unfolded on the Warwick stage, we have discovered the true meaning of sending our young men and women into harms way. South Pacific is also relevant to what is happening culturally in our world today. As Nellie realizes that our time on earth is brief, we should think about embracing our differences and following our hearts”.

The cast of South Pacific includes: Lillian Durbin – Ensign Nellie Forbush, Ryan Miller - Emile de Becque, Johnathan Stephenson - Lt. Joseph Cable, Micah Kuch - U.S. Marine Luther Billis, Amelia Fair - Bloody Mary, Madeline Grisbacher – Liat, Joshua Sipe – Henry, Josiah McCracken - Capt. George Brackett, Bricen Standish - Cmdr. William Harbison, Micah Bomberger  - "Stewpot" George Watts, Brett Knudson – Professor, Ryan Guinter  - Lt. Buzz Adams, Donny Reisch - Yeoman Herbert Quale, Matthew Needelman - Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey, Stella Newman - Lt. Genevieve Marshall, Hannah Schmeling - Ensign Dinah Murphy, Lauren Epps - Ensign Janet McGregor, Alexander Fair – Jerome, Sara Hassona – Ngana, Tyson Harper, Understudy for Jerome, and Lilah Goss - Understudy for Ngana. NURSES: Katie Bender, Maggie Cascarella, Laura Crawford, Alaina Fry, Kylie Funk, Alyssa Heaton, Carlota De L'Hotellerie-Fallois, Heather Mitchell, Jazmine Royer, and Elise White.

SEABEES, SAILORS, MARINES, SHORE PATROLMEN, OFFICERS & SOLDIERS, ISLANDERS: Dante Carr, Jason Hines, Hudson Jean, Derek Knudson, Jacob Lingenfelter, Justin Patterson, Zac Snyder, and Brandon Stoll. ISLANDERS, FRENCH GIRLS, NUNS: Lexie Barge, Kayla Bassoff, Abby Beatty, Sarah Beatty, Julia Borowczyk, Kelly Bosis, Breonna Dull, Isabella Goss, Alexandra Harmes, Allyson Hayes, Kyra Hunt, Kayla Ketchum, Anastasia Kissinger, Brooke Newberry, Alianna Ovalle, Samantha Peffer, Sarah VanCisco, and Abigail Weiss. ISLAND CHILDREN: Carly Evans, Sidoney Freeman, Lilah Goss, and Tyson Harper.

Musical Production staff includes: Debra Kline-Smith - Producer/Vocal Director, Jill Gagliano - Drama Director, Connie Hilliar, Assistant Drama Director, Travis Love – Choreographer, Ann Ahlers, Sherry Kline - Orchestra Co-Directors, Diane Fund – Costumer, Mariko Stephenson - Assistant to the Costumer, Sharon Walker - Make-up/Hair Design Consultant, Michael Haines, Donald Zahn - Set & Prop Design Construction Coordinators, Michael Smith - Set Painter, Tony Luciano - Scenic Painter, Jennifer Jerchau, Connie Hilliar - Co-House Managers, Jeff Cusano - Lighting Design, Matt Jerchau - Lighting Engineer, Adam Kowalczyk - Sound/Audio Engineer, Dale Kline - Stage Manager, Lori Zimmerman, Warblers – Publicity, Laura Bjanes, Carol Miller – Patrons, Matt Jerchau, Rebecca Durbin – Program, Jill Schmeling - Props Coordinator, Tom & Diana Funk and Rob & Kathy Bomberger - Warbler Set Liaisons, Karen Myers, Diana Funk - Warbler Set Painter, and Mark Myers - Videographer/Photographer.

Pit Orchestra includes: Mrs. Ann Ahlers, Conductor, Miss Sherry Kline – Piano, Shohini Banerjee - Piccolo/Flute, Alec Winpenny, Madison Felpel, Noah Rogers – Clarinet, Mrs. Karen Thompson - French Horn, Taylor Knecht, Mr. Todd Fulginiti – Trumpet, Michael Ruchalski, Llana Clauss Trombone, James Barnes – Tuba, Nathaniel Deimler - Drum Set, Ian Smith – Percussion, Salem Longer, Alexis Kellogg – Violin, Catriona Mitchell, Valerie Hanna – Viola, R.J. Copeland, Mrs. Laurie Lefever, Cello, Alex Myers - String Bass, and Mrs. Joanne Swords-Wang – Harp.

Stage Crew includes: Ethan Arters, Ryan Aspland, Jacob Bubeck, Braden Buckwalter, Samantha Buckwalter, Kassie Bush, Morgan Firestone, Kayla Garcia, Kyle Hibshman, Dakira Hill, Andy Holbert, Anna Jedrejczyk, Jack Myers, Madison Pierce, Ivy Rodriguez, and Hannah Werkheiser.