SOUTH PACIFIC

South Pacific is set on a tropical island during World War II, love transcends the harsh realities of war and prejudice in this sweeping Pulitzer Prize-winning tale centred around two unlikely love affairs.

This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic was written and composed when both men were believed to be at the heights of their powers and features some of the theatre’s most beautiful music woven into an inspiring story cherished the world over.

The timeless songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame”  

With a live orchestra and all performed by fantastic singers and soloists supported by a both rousing  and tender ­­chorus of American sailors and navy nurses ready to take you to Bali Ha’i.

Introducing our fabulous cast for South Pacific in order of appearance

Nellie Forbush           Beth Carey                    Emile de Becque       Gary Cordes

Ngana..his daughter   Danni Vears                   Jerome his son           Lily Vears.

Henri(ette)                Nicole Cox                     Bloody Mary               Sharon Liff

Luther Billis               Thomas Mitchell             Seaman O'Brian           Philip Holden

Stewpot                    Terry Bunton                 Professor                    Ken Pickett

Lt. Joe Cable             Oliver Standeven            Capt. George Brackett   Mike Brodie

Cmdr. Will Harbison    David Paine                   Ens. Dinah Murphy       Tanya Ackleton

  

Company ensemble: 

Elsie Bassett-Cookson, Patricia Drywood, Andrea KnightSteve Liff, Sarah Miles,  Roger Lee, Christina Savva, Dean Fitzpatrick,  Mary Pickett  Pav Stone, Barry Todd, Hudson Trindall

Introducing our leading lady: Nellie - The wonderful Beth Carey!

Beth says: 

"Rehearsing South Pacific and beginning to understand Nellie has revealed many similarities between the character's personality and mine. She is hopelessly optimistic and  falls deeply in love - despite times of war and conflict. Nellie sings her heart out and is wooed by a dashing French settler. 

 

The show has just the right balance of drama and good old fashioned fun! My favourite number is 'Honey Bun' showcasing Knucklehead Nellie's  comedic side and the song's tongue in cheek style.

 

 I am looking forward to presenting the show with the cast and team at an alternative venue for ROS, The Theatre Royal, Margate.  One spine tingling moment for me is the powerful rendition of 'Nothing like a dame' with long standing members of ROS, some of whom sing in a Male voice choir. 

 

I look forward to seeing the audience on the other side of the curtain, if a bit apprehensive about my first ever shower scene!"

 

 

 

Beth as Navy nurse Nellie Forbush                      What's the best method to send a man on his way?

Gary 

Introducing Our leading man: Emile  - The suave and debonair Gary Cordes!

Gary says:

It’s a privilege to have been cast in a lead romantic role, being a more ‘mature’ performer! Emile is the archetypal old romantic, desperately still seeking the love of his life before growing old alone on a small Pacific island.

 

He has a burning passion for social justice and is a great promoter of diversity, so for me it’s the perfect role all round. And then there are the many great songs from the show, including ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and ‘This Nearly Was Mine’, two classic romantic songs.

 

ROS is a great group and and all this will happen at the amazing Theatre Royal in Margate. I can’t wait!

Ramsgate Operatic Society is a registered UK charity no.  1091538

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