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'South Pacific' opens at LTC Sept. 7


Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opens LTC's 60th season

by: LAKE OSWEGO PHOTOGRAPHERS - Mike Dederian as Emile de Becque and Stephanie K. Leppert as Nellie Forbush appear in Lakewood Theatre Company's production of 'South Pacific' opening Sept. 7 and continuing through Oct. 14.The Lakewood Theatre Company will open its 60th season with the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific.”

This all-new production, with stage direction by Ron Daum and musical direction by David Hastings, is set on a tropical island during WWII.

It tells the sweeping, romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices.

Songs featured in the musical include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” “Bali Ha’I” and “There is Nothing Like a Dame.”

Set in an island paradise during WWII, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie (Stephanie K. Leppert), a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French painter, Emile de Becque (Mike Dederian). Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.

Meanwhile, Lt. Joe Cable (Andrew Bray) denies himself the fulfillment of a future with Liat (Satheara Sin), an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

Based on James Michener’s Puliter Prize winning book, “Tales of the South Pacific,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.

The cast also includes Barbara Irvin as Bloody Mary, Brandon B. Weaver as Luther Billis, David Sargent as Commander Harbison and Robert M. Thomas as Captain Brackett.

The musical runs through Oct. 14 with performances scheduled Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. and some Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $32 for seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups.

Patrons can still purchase season tickets for a five-show package, which provides discounted admission and preferred seating.

For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood box office at 503-635-3901 or order tickets online at Lakewood-center.org.