Community Players will present ‘South Pacific’ Nov. 2-4

The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein play “South Pacific” will be presented by Community Players of Salisbury Nov. 2 to 4.

Featuring the well-known songs “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There is Nothing Like a Dame” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” it will be at Wicomico High School at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Ticket prices haven’t yet been determined but will be posted at communityplayersofsalisbury.org.

“I chose this play because it has such great appeal,” director Matt Bogdan said.

“Many people know, or are familiar with, the songs and it’s a great story. Great characters. The underlying theme of not being racist is certainly a message that is as good now as it was years before. The fact that it deals with prejudices is one of the big reasons. I think this is a time when we need to be reminded of this,” he said.

Yvette Siegel will play the lead character, Nellie Forbush. Mark Decker will play Emile de Becque, with both Siegel and Decker making their debuts with Community Players.

Nate Drehmer will play Luther Billis and Maria Demetriou will portray Bloody Mary.

South Pacific premiered in 1949 on Broadway.

The plot is based on the James A. Michener book Tales of the South Pacific and sends strong messages against racism.

The story focuses on an American nurse stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II. She falls in love with a French plantation owner but has difficulty accepting his children, because of their mixed race.

Meantime, a young Tonkinese woman, from southeast Asia, has a romance with a U.S. lieutenant, but he hesitates to marry her, fearing they won’t be accepted.

“This is family entertainment. It’s a family show. It’s a strong plot. It’s Rodgers and Hammerstein. That’s enough right there,” Bogdan said.

“We’re coming very close to the 50th anniversary of this show. It’s an uplifting show. The audience will leave on a very happy note.”

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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