USA and NMU artists collaborate in ‘South Pacific’

2019-06-12 06:02

YOUNG artists from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, USA, will collaborate with the very talented singers of the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) for the second time in Port Elizabeth to create an exciting and fun-filled evening of entertainment from the golden age of musicals.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific will be staged at the Savoy Theatre from Thursday, June, 20 to Sunday, June 23.

Set in the South Pacific Islands close to the end of World War 2, the show was chosen for its historical, educational, and social lessons at a time of great world stress and commitment.

South Pacific, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 10 Tony Awards, including best musical and best score is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals and is the only musical production to have won all four Tony Awards for acting.

It tells the story of an American nurse, Ensign Nellie Forbush, stationed at a US Naval base on a French island in the South Pacific during World War 2, who falls in love with an expatriate French plantation owner, but struggles to accept his mixed-race children and his former relationship with his now deceased Polynesian wife.

A second romance concerns a US Marine Lieutenant who falls in love with a young Polynesian girl from the islands.

Since 2000, Professor Barbara Hill Moore has given full bursaries to 20 South African singers to come to America for advanced study.

The collaborative efforts between SMU and NMU began in 2001. At that time, Hill Moore came to Port Elizabeth with the intention of identifying an exceptional singer wishing to study in America through her colleague, Lionel van Zyl.

With a company of 30 singers and dancers, the South Pacific production will be an exhilarating evening. South Pacific will take place with a double cast in four performances at 19:30 on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21, and at 15:00 on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23.

No entrance fee will be charged for the shows but tickets need to be reserved ahead of time.

To reserve tickets, contact Rose Cowpar on 072 906 1977 or email rose@salarybase.co.za.

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