Archive for Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Heading south

BHS performs well-known Rodgers, Hammerstein musical

November 19, 2003

Baldwin High School is heading to the South Pacific this weekend.

BHS students will be performing the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" at the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium. Show times are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The musical is set in the Solomon Islands during World War II as the U.S. Navy prepares to invade the Central Pacific. The story focuses on one island and the relationships between the sailors, nurses and islanders as the threat of battle increases.

"It's a very nice, sweet love story," Director Kathy Davis said. "And it's a story of the mixing of cultures and how hard it's always been to mix cultures."

Davis said the 50-member cast, crew and orchestra have made it a musical worth watching.

"They really want to have a good show," she said. "They are committed to making it happen, particularly the leads."

Junior Luke Halford and senior Jackie Robertson have the leads of Emile de Becque and Nellie Forbush. Senior B.T. Turk plays the role of Lt. Joseph Cable and senior Karrie Potter is his love interest, Liat. The role of the island's philosopher, Bloody Mary, is filled by senior Lindsay Gastelum.

"They are just performing wonderfully," Davis said of the cast. "The talent in this town is amazing."

She said she encouraged the community to see the musical, even if they don't know anyone in the cast.

"'South Pacific' is a great musical," she said. "And they're going to see the kids having fun, but acting professionally with their performance.

"If they don't come and see this show, it's their loss."

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