by: Photo By - Nellie Forbush (Jonica Buck), center, dances to the comic song

   Madras High School will present a concert version of "South Pacific" at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. Drama director Dennis Young explained that for the concert version, the characters will wear tuxedos or simple costumes and there will not be a set.
   "We're doing a concert version to conserve as many funds as possible to use for a new lighting board. The one we have now smokes and arcs and shuts off every once in a while," Young said, noting how urgently they need a new lighting system.
   He estimated they will need to raise around $10,000 to purchase a new lighting board, and ticket sales from this production will go toward that goal.
   Tickets for the play are $7, and are available at MHS, Madras Bowl, or at the door.
   "We are also dedicating this performance to George Klos, who's been with the school district for 35 years," Young said.
   Klos teaches music at elementary schools and MHS and will be retiring this year. He has been the musical director for MHS plays, and coached the singers for this performance of "South Pacific."
   Lead characters include: Jonica Buck as ensign Nellie Forbush, Nick Hamilton as Emile de Becque, Joseph Young as Lt. Joe Cable, Catherine Buck as Bloody Mary.
   The cast features: Will Wienert as Luther Billis, exchange student Natcha Khiangprakhong as Liat, Rodrigo Gaspar as Stewpot, Drew Sullivan as the Professor, Corey McGregor as Capt. George Brackett, Adam McCary as Cmdr. William Harbison, Wendy Hernandez as the Housekeeper, Kathaleen Green as the Head Nurse, Jessica Pederson, Nicole Ohman and Julia Roura as Nurses, Brent Sullivan as Jerome and Jennifer Young as Ngana.
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