note: entire contents copyright 2005 by Bob Guenthner a k a The Old Grump
Rogers & Hammerstein's
This is a very enjoyable version of South Pacific. The cast is loaded with familiar faces, all accomplished performers.
One of the few new faces, was Jim Burkholder, as Emile. A deep rich voice, combined with an impeccable french accent, made him a perfect choice for this role.
Liat, Bloody Mary's daughter was played by Kerri Nicole Wilson. A delightful girl.
Bloody Mary's real life daughter, Alyssa Silva, did Emile's daughter Ngana. How this girl managed to get so pretty in only twelve short years is amazing, and her voice shows promise also.
Another newbee for me was Sarah Horton, Ensign MacGregor. She showed a lot of zeal, I do believe we will see her on stage again in the near future.
Stage director Michael Hammond and Artistic Director Meg Fofonoff, managed to get onto the stage for a quick word or two. What a couple of hams.
Gary Poholek's scenery was special. One wouldn't expect it to be this good in a show with such a short run.
During the intermission, I stood and looked around. This Theatre is really a jewel. The people I talked to during the break all said nice things about the play.
One thing to add. One of the cast should consider throwing the cigarettes away. The voice is still good, but not as good as it was a couple of years ago. The high hard notes are suffering from being exposed to the devils weed.
I wish I could get back to see it again, but prior commitments stop me.