INA, Ill. – Tickets are on sale for Rend Lake College’s Spring Musical, “South Pacific.” Show times are 7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5, and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 6.
RLC Theatre Director Tracey Webb is working hard with her cast and crew to bring “South Pacific” to Southern Illinois. Musical Direction is being provided by RLC Music Director Sara Alstat.
Based upon the novel, “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener, “South Pacific” is one of the finest Rogers & Hammerstein musicals to grace the stage, featuring unforgettable music such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.” Filled with racial tensions, the anxiety of battle during the second World War, comedy, and two different love stories, this musical will produce laughter, tears, and rejoicing for all who come see it.
The story begins at a plantation on an island in the South Pacific where Ensign Nellie Forbush (Jordan McCoy of Mt. Vernon), from Arkansas, has fallen in love with Emile de Becque (Quinton Sledge of Mt. Vernon), a mysterious Frenchman who wishes to marry her. Not knowing much of his background or past relationships, Nellie is dismayed to receive an assignment to spy on him, to see if he’s a possible ally to the U.S. in its war efforts.
Meanwhile, a crafty seabee named Luther Billis (Levi Overturf of Mt. Vernon) has started making grass skirts for the American sailors to send home to their sweethearts. He hopes to put the native woman Bloody Mary (Jayne Ballantyne of Pinckneyville) out of business, but she outfoxes him and ends up with his entire stock of souvenirs.
Lt. Joseph Cable (Caleb Motsinger of Harrisburg) arrives on the scene and Bloody Mary is determined to turn him into her son-in-law. She introduces him to her beautiful daughter Liat (Cassie Porter of Mt. Vernon) and Cable is smitten, but not enough to marry a Tonkinese girl.
Nellie discovers that Emile has had children with a native woman long before he met her and her racial prejudice gets in the way of her relationship with him. With many other characters to enrich the plot of this classic tale of love and war, “South Pacific” is a crowd pleaser audiences won’t want to miss!
Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased in advance by calling the RLC Box Office at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1467. Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted.
More than 30 local actors are taking part in the production. Other roles include Madalyn Hintz (Ewing) as Ngana, Ryan Webster (Macedonia) as Jerome, Dakota Bodine (Mt. Vernon) as Henry and Lt. Buzz Adams/Officer, Jenny McCollom (Mulkeytown) as Bloody Mary’s assistant and 7th Nurse / Island Girl, Chris Eskew (Mt. Vernon) as Stewpot, Taylor Vessel (Valier) as the Professor, Travis Bond (Mt. Vernon) as Capt. George Brackett, Tyler Eaton (Logan) as Cmdr. William Harbison, Eric Wakefield (Mt. Vernon) as Yeoman Herbert Quale/Sailor, E.J. Code (Benton) as Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey and 3rd Marine/3rd Pilot, Sam Street (Mt. Vernon) as Seabee (O’Brien), Tony Pierce (DuQuoin) as 1st Marine/Pilot, Aaron Dawson (Benton) as 2nd Marine/2nd Pilot, Brandon Stokes (Mt. Vernon) as Shore Patrolman / 2nd Seabee, Sarah Jane Hodge (Dahlgren) as Lead Nurse / Nun, Blythe Lee Brown (Mt. Vernon) as Ensign Dinah Murphy / Nun, Stephanie Smith (McLeansboro) as Ensign Janet MacGregor / Island Girl, Lyndsey Hammons (Mt. Vernon) as 1st Nurse/ Island Girl, Colleen Ryterski (Pinckneyville) as 2nd Nurse /French Girl, Aubrey Willis (Benton) as 3rd Nurse / Island Girl, Molly Wilson (Mt. Vernon) as 4th Nurse /French Girl, Lily Allen (Thompsonville) as 5th Nurse (Tired Nurse)/ Island Girl, Angie Youroukos (Mt. Vernon) as 6th Nurse / French Girl, and Derek Wintermann (Ashley) as Islander / Soldier.