Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize
winning novel “Tales Of The South Pacific”
by James A. Michener
to Saturday 21st
7.30pm (Matinée on Sat 2.30pm)
at the Lyric Theatre Carmarthen
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Act 1 On a South Pacific island during World War II, two little children are playing on the terrace of the home of a rich planter, Emile de Becque. Emile has fallen in love with Nellie Forbush, a young Navy Nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas. Nellie, a self confessed country hick with an unremittingly sunny outlook on life, finds herself drawn to this dark and enigmatic Frenchman, whose romantic and passionate emotions win her over. Also on the island are a group of restless sailors, seabees and marines, obviously bored and sorely in need of female companionship. Souvenir collecting is about the only active pastime and has developed into a marketing war between Seabee Luther Billis, who has cornered the market in everything from grass skirts to shrunken heads, and Bloody Mary, the local Tokinese dealer in such trophies.
Lieutenant Joseph Cable, a handsome young Marine, arrives with an assignment to persuade de Becque, who is familiar with the nearby islands, to accompany him on a dangerous secret mission. They are to hide out on a Japanese-held island, watch for enemy ships and convey this information to their own pilots to help them attack the Japanese convoys. Nellie’s friendship with Emile is known to the Island Commander and she is asked to obtain all the information she can about him. Meanwhile, Luther Billis’ personal mission is to get to the mysterious and forbidden island of Bali Ha’i – and he convinces the young Cable to lead a pleasure-seeking expedition there. On the island, Bloody Mary introduces Cable to her beautiful daughter, Liat, and the Lieutenant falls in love with her.
Confused about her feelings for Emile, Nellie decides to play it safe by simply deciding to “wash that man right outa my hair”. But Emile convinces Nellie of his love for her, and this love is reciprocated by Nellie, who now believes that she and Emile could spend a wonderful lifetime together. Emile introduces her to two sweet native children, the off-spring of a Polynesian woman and a European. Nellie is charmed by the children but then, when Emile says they are his, the prejudices and fear inherent in her small town upbringing rise to the surface and, panicked, she runs away from Emile.
Act 11 Nellie throws herself into her work – as voluntary director and star of the home-grown “Thanksgiving Follies” show. Backstage, Bloody Mary and Liat confront Cable, to convince him to take this chance for love with Liat. But, despite his deep love for Liat, Cable is caught in a similar prejudice trap and, although he loves her, decides he cannot marry her. Emile, who has fought so hard all his life for freedom and fairness, cannot understand how two people such as Nellie and Cable can walk away from a chance for love, prevented by such cold inhibitions. These inhibitions aren’t hereditary Cable explains bitterly, it’s taught.
Emile sees his dream of paradise fading away. With nothing to lose, both Cable and Emile are feeling the recklessness of lost love, and with that recklessness comes the willingness to take greater risks. They embark on the spy mission to a neighbouring island where, for a few days, the plan works and they are able to transmit messages of Japanese naval manoeuvrings. Eventually they are discovered and Cable is killed and radio contact is lost with Emile.
Faced with the sudden realisation that she may have lost Emile, Nellie is able to put her fears and meaningless prejudices into perspective and realises that her love for him is paramount. She makes her way to his home and is having lunch with his two children, whom she loves as her own, when Emile returns. He is weary and he is battle-worn, but he is alive, reunited with his children, and with Nellie.
Acts and Musical Numbers:
DITES-MOI Ngana and Jerome
A COCKEYED OPTIMIST Nellie
TWIN SOLILOQUIES Nellie and Emile
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING Emile
Reprise: DITES-MOI Ngana and Jerome
BLOODY MARY Sailors, Seabees and Marines
THERE IS NOTHIN’ LIKE A DAME Billis, Sailors, Seabees and Marines
BALI HA’I Bloody Mary
I’M GONNA WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUT-A MY HAIR Nellie
Reprise: SOME ENCHANTED EVENING Emile and Nellie
A WONDERFUL GUY Nellie and Nurses
Reprise: BALI HA’I French and Native Girls
YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME Cable
FINALE ACT I Emile
DANCE Nellie, Nurses and G.I.’s
HAPPY TALK Bloody Mary and Liat
HONEY BUN Nellie, Billis and Ensemble
YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT Cable
THIS NEARLY WAS MINE Emile
Reprise: SOME ENCHANTED EVENING Nellie
FINALE ULTIMO Emile, Nellie, Ngana and Jerome
Cast of characters
Ensign Nellie Forbush – Steffi Lewis
Emile de Becque – Benn Williams
Ngana, his daughter – Cerys Yeeles, Patthara Douch, Anna Parker
Jerome, his son – Thomas Miles, Noa Radford
Henry, his native servant- Iwan Williams
Bloody Mary – Rhian Owen
Liat, her daughter – Emily Ruth Davies
Bloody Mary’s Assistant – Alys Edmunds
Luther Billis – Steffan Hughes
Stewpot (Carpenter’s Mate Second Class, George Watts) – Gareth Morgan
Professor – Thomas Young
Lt. Joseph Cable, United States Marine Corps – Thomas Goodridge
Capt. George Brackett, United States Navy – Daniel Wiliams
Cmdr. William Harbison, United States Navy – Michael-Rae Formston
Lt. Buzz Adams – Adam Quill
Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey, sailor – Robert Tipton
Sailors, Marines and Soldiers
Alexander Campbell, William Cervetto, Rhys Davies, Aled Evans, Gareth Howell, Thomas Miles, Aled Owen, Ben Skinner,William Turrel, Iwan Williams, Tomos Yeeles, Rhys Young.
Chelsea Axon, Georgie Cullen, Llinos Emanuel, Ffion James, Rebecca Miles, Yasmin Morris, Olivia Morris, Jessica Mudd, Jasmin Owen, Anwen Price, Sioned Mair Rees, Catrin Robinson, Courtney Thomas, Georgina Tipping, Charlotte Tobias, Rebecca Vowles.
Lloyd Cooke, Joseph Cooke, James Fox, Finn Radford, Noa Radford, Osian Radford, Aaron Thomas.
Caryl Bond, Abigail Chester, Grace Davies, Patthara Douch, Naomi Elias, Nia Emanuel, Hanna Evans, Ffion Fox, Ffion Groom, Lara Hoare-Lewis, Elizabeth Houghton, Amy Howells, Cerys James, Elizabeth King, Laura Massocchi, Anya Maynard, Rhian Owen, Anna Parker, Bronwen Prickett, Lauren Rowley, Holly Rowley, Emily Saddler, Mia Thomas, Marcy Thomas, Catrin Thomas, Grace Williams, Sophia Williams, Ruby Woodhead, Cerys Yeeles.