Illawarra on Pointe Productions are staging Roger and Hammerstein’s South Pacific at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre from May 12 to 14.
This classic musical is based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, which is 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 Tokenise 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, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her own prejudices.
This production will be presented in concert, the first of its kind in Nowra.
A show in concert form means the cast and symphony orchestra share the stage to present the show in full to focus on the story and music without elaborate sets or costumes.
Illawarra on Pointe Productions offer a platform for local actors, dancers and musicians to showcase their talent in a professional setting.
Seasoned performer Andrew Symes will be playing the role of Emile de Becque, in what is a rare opportunity for him to be playing opposite his wife Louise (Nellie Forbush).
Andrew has worked with a variety of companies over the years, and during that time has developed a diverse repertoire, including the leading roles of Daddy Warbucks in Annie, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance and Prince Tamino in The Magic Flute.
The company collaborates with members of the community to produce affordable, yet high standard productions.
In July 2016 Illawarra on Pointe Productions, under the direction of Ryley Gillen, staged The Nutcracker at the IPAC in Wollongong.
Show times for this exciting production are Friday 12 and Saturday 13 at 7.30pm, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 at 2pm.
For bookings contact the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre Box Office on 1300 788 503 or buy tickets online at www.shoalhavenentertainment.com.au. Make sure you get yours soon for some enchanted evening.