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South Pacific to be presented by Fulda Community Players

April 4, 2013

Cast members prepare for South Pacific this weekend 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Cast members prepare for South Pacific this weekend
By Norma Dittman
On April 12, 13, 14th, the well-loved musical South Pacific will be presented for your entertainment by the Fulda Community Players at the Fulda Elementary School gymnasium. Friday’s and Saturday’s performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s performance is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Concessions will be available and are provided by the Fulda Reading Club.

This is the 27th year that Director Wilma Lindquist has led a cast of actors and actresses in producing a community play. Assistant Director is Margaret Popp.

The cast of South Pacific numbers 29, and is backed by a support staff of 25. The cast began rehearing in January. Musical selections have been being rehearsed since early February. The accompanist is Shari Isder

“This story takes place on two islands in the South Pacific during World War II,” Director Lindquist explained. “On the islands are military personnel who are listed as active duty, but are not on active duty as they are awaiting word about the war. A young man named Lieutenant Joseph Cable arrives on one of the islands, bringing more news of the war, and the story evolves from there.”

Lindquist said that two romances begin between Lt. Cable and a Tonkinese island native; and one between a southern girl, who is a nurse on the island and an expatriate French plantation owner. Heart’s are broken as the issue of racial prejudice is explored throughout the presentation of South Pacific. These romantic relationships bring into play a very candid exploration of racism which is magnified through Lieutenant Cable’s singing of “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”.

South Pacific is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” was written by James A. Michener.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated for the musical scores that set the moods in the scenes and acts of South Pacific. Their songs, which include Some Enchanted Evening, There’s Nothing Like a Dame, Wash That Man Right Out of my Hair, and Younger than Springtime provide emphasis for the evolving love story, a bit of comedy, and the pain of a broken heart.

“The musical was first presented at the Majestic Theatre, in New York, on April 7, 1949. It was a huge success, and has remained poplar ever since that first production,” Lindquist said.

“The Fulda Community Players actors and actresses are doing an excellent job of putting together this story. The support staff is just great. Nancy Payton and LaVonne Baerenwald are working with the costuming, Ron Janssen is coordinating the sound system and Dean VanOort is in charge of creating the set. Irv Larson and Ted Olson are working with the spot light and Irv is help to find many of our props,” Lindquist continued.

Lindquist said that the Fulda Community Players presentation will provide a historical about our country’s history for its audience

Tickets are available from Fulda Community Education, at the door, or at Maynards Grocery Store and Ramerth Hardware.

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