The Miami Trace High School Music Department will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, “South Pacific,” to local audiences April 15-17, and in the process will honor our veterans.
“The last time Miami Trace performed South Pacific was 40 years ago and 50 years ago,” said Holly Stanley, the vocal musical director at Miami Trace High School. “We wanted to do a classic musical and do one that we haven’t done in awhile.”
South Pacific premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate hit, running for 1,925 performances. The plot of the musical is based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book, “Tales of the South Pacific” and combines elements of several of those stories.
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. 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.
“We also wanted to do this to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe, even though it is 71 years now, and honor the veterans in the community,” said Stanley.
To honor veterans, the music department is holding a veterans’ reception on Saturday, April 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. before the production of South Pacific.
“We hope to have all branches of military present at this event to be honored,” said Stanley.
The free reception will include live performances of classic songs, such as “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Singing in the Rain” and many more. While enjoying these performances, guests will be able to snack on delicious treats and see memorabilia from each branch of the military.
Approximately 70 students between the cast and the crew will make this production possible. On Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, the musical will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Miami Trace High School. On Sunday, April 17, it will begin at 3 p.m.
General admission tickets are $6 and reserved seating is $9. Reserved seating tickets will be available for purchase on April 5 and 6 from 5-8 p.m. at the high school.
Please call Miami Trace High School for more information at 740-333-4703.
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