Cameron University to hold auditions for musical theatre production, “South Pacific”

The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will continue its season of “Celebrating the Stages through the Ages!” with auditions for the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific.” Auditions will be held on Monday, February 20,and Tuesday, February 21, at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre. Those auditioning should bring a memorized song from a Broadway musical along with the appropriate sheet music or an accompanying cd without vocals. Numerous roles are available including two children between the ages of 8 and 11.

The plot is based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book “Tales of the South Pacific.”  Rodgers and Hammerstein believed they could write a musical based on Michener's work that would be financially successful and, at the same time, would send a strong progressive message on racism.

Many of the songs have become popular standards, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “There is Nothing Like A Dame,” “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” and “Younger than Springtime.”

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.

This production is sponsored in part by the Richard T. Brittingham, M.D., Musical Theatre Endowed Lectureship.  It will be presented from April 20-23.

For more information, call the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts at 581-2346.

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February 13, 2017