Summerset Theatre presents ‘South Pacific’ on some enchanted evening

By Karen Colbenson

Live, learn and love.

That’s the moral of Summerset Theatre’s latest stage story, "South Pacific" starring local talent Gordy Handeland as Emile, Anna Sturtz as Nellie, Kristen Lindbloom at Bloody Mary, Aaron Alan as Lieutenant Joe Cable and Mandie Mickleson at Liat.

Based on the book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, "South Pacific", set on a paradise island during World War II, is a musical that parallels two love stories threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.


Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile, but declines a marriage proposal after learning that the mother of Emile’s children was an island native.

Meanwhile, the same kind of prejudice comes between Lt. Joe Cable and the Tonkinese girl he loves.

"It’s about life and how it passes by so quickly that you have to step out there and enjoy it," said Jerry Girton, director. "You need to strive to be happy and get over some of your past prejudices and go for it."

Though often humorous, the script also is sprinkled with some serious topics as well as some musical stage classics such as "Some Enchanted Evening," "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha’i."

The play is recommended for the entire family.

Tickets can be purchased at the Coffee House on Main and the Riverland Box Office. Call 433-0595.

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