BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Theatre Arts will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific Nov. 14-19 at the Jerome Mirza
Theatre at McPherson Hall (2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington).
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.
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Scott Susong is directing the production, and
Jessica McGrew ’19 is serving as assistant director. The entire cast and production
staff can be viewed by clicking here. Music for South Pacific is written by Richard Rodgers, lyrics are written by Oscar
Hammerstein II, and the book is written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.
Curtain is at 8 p.m. each evening except for the matinee performance at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, Nov. 19. Tickets are $14 for Friday and Saturday, and $12 for Tuesday, Thursday
and Sunday. The Wednesday performance is free, and all performances are $2 for students
with an ID. Seniors receive a $1 discount. Tickets can be purchased online at www.iwu.edu/theatre or by calling the Jerome Mirza Theatre Box Office at (309) 556-3232 Monday through
Friday from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.