South Pacific comes to high school stage
The Humboldt High School Drama and Music Departments proudly present the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical “South Pacific” this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1, 2, and 3, in the R. W. Carlson auditorium. “South Pacific” is a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama, as well as 10 Tonys when it debuted in 1949. Despite the passage of 60-plus years, it retains its significance today, addressing themes of race, bigotry and identity. Along with the serious themes, many lighthearted moments fill the stage.
The Humboldt cast is led by Jen Bentz as the hopelessly romantic Nellie Forbush, and Jake Helvick as French planter Emile De Beque singing the Richard Rodgers classics “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” James Sobkoweak plays Lt. Joe Cable who falls in love with islander, Liat (Andra Niles), and delivers the central message of the show in “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught.” Miranda Pederson adds comic relief with the character Bloody Mary who tries to sell souvenirs to the sailors.