School of Theatre Arts Presents South Pacific

Nov. 9, 2017


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 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.

By John Twork