Hilton High School presents “South Pacific”

By on November 13, 2017

Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” intertwines the themes of romance, duty and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking and thought-provoking.

Based on the anecdotes of a real-life U.S. Navy commander who was stationed on an island, the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner on the island who has two children from his late Polynesian wife; at the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls for a beautiful island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices with their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise.

The Hilton High School production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” will take place on Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 18 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 19 at 2 p.m. at Hilton High School Auditorium, 400 East Avenue, Hilton. Tickets cost $10 each and are available at the door and online. To purchase tickets and view a cast list, visit hiltontheatre.org.

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