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East Union High choir staging ‘South Pacific’

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East Union High choir staging ‘South Pacific’

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED February 25, 2010 2:47 a.m.

“South Pacific” – the classic musical play collaboration between Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers – comes alive tonight with the voices and acting talents of the East Union High choir.

It opens tonight at 7 p.m. at the Manteca Presbyterian Church on North and Main streets. The venue is ideal as there isn’t a bad seat in the house to hear and enjoy East Union High choir’s annual gift to those in the community who enjoy both great voices and stage talent.

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.

“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.

The musical is being directed by 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.  

“South Pacific” also is being staged Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.  

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.

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