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EU High choir stages ‘South Pacific’ shows starting Thursday

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POSTED February 22, 2010 12:23 a.m.

The East Union Choir will be presenting “South Pacific” Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.  

The performances will be held at the Manteca Presbyterian Church on North and Main streets. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door or may be bought ahead of time by calling Anne Talcott at 823-0054.

“South Pacific” was first performed on Broadway in 1949.  It is a musical play by Oscar Hammerstein (book, lyrics), Joshua Logan (book) and Richard Rodgers (music).  The story is about an American nurse, Nellie Forbush, serving in the Pacific in World War II, who falls in love with an older French planter named Emile de Becque.  She wonders if they are right for each other especially after she finds out that he has two Polynesian children by his deceased wife.  At the same time there is a relationship between Lt. Joseph Cable and a native girl named Liat, the daughter of the Bloody Mary. The characters in the show wonder if people are born to be prejudiced or if they are taught to be that way.

Some of the famous songs from “South Pacific” are Some Enchanted Evening; There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame; Younger Than Springtime; A Wonderful Guy; Bali Ha’i; I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair; You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught and Happy Talk.

The musical is being directed Aileen Williams, choreographed by Mardy White and musically directed and accompanied by Anne Talcott.  The show features Jillian Goulart, Danielle Calleja, Ben Alfter, Ben Sianez, Gianna Hedin, Sadaf Ahrari, Jason Araya, Corwin Rocha, Thomas Klingenfuss, William Cheung, Sam Eklund, Kristen Bautista, Amanda Lopez, eight elementary aged children and 30 other East Union Advanced Choir members. 

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