Metuchen High School – South Pacific
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The Metuchen High School Footlighters’ spring musical: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. “Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.” This timeless classic contains many of musical theater’s best loved songs, such as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Wonderful Guy.” Performances were held Thursday February 28, Friday March 1st, and Saturday March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium. Director: Jane harmon; Conductor: John Morrison; Musical Director: Jim Sabo.
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.
Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan; Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel