‘South Pacific’ a big hit at SCHS
BY HELEN B. FOSTER
A musical, like South Pacific, takes strong stage voices, natural talent, good casting and directing as well as gifted musicians to come away with a hit.
That is what those attending the Susquehanna Community High School Theatre Company’s April 13-14, production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award winning musical experienced.
The show centers on an American nurse stationed at a U.S. Naval base during World War 11 who falls in love with a French plantation owner.
The student actors had a chance to perform the ever popular standards: “Some Enchanted Evening”; “Younger than Springtime”; “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”, and who will ever forget Lindsey Glidden’s rendition of “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta my Hair” or the performance and beautiful deep voice of David Hansen singing, “Some Enchanted Evening”. The talented Glidden, a junior at SCHS, playing the role of Ensign Nellie Forbush, opposite senior Hansen’s role of Emile De Becque made the attraction look so real.
The other romance concerned Lt. Cable, played by Jon-Michael Marino and native girl, played by Liz Acosta, both seniors. The large 34 member cast featured first time performer Alex Dominick as colorful Bloody Mary and other seniors Jeremy Acone, Rex Fullam, Cooper Quick.
These seniors have worn many hats during their time spent with the drama department, including stage crew, set design, pit band, sound and lightboard and will be missed by Director Teresa Marino. Others who have contributed immensely to the drama department are seniors Morgan Ofsharick , her seventh play running sound and Jeffrey Wayman, his first year as stage crew.
Things you never expected to see onSCHS stage: Clayton Hansen in a skirt, Derek Case in a bra and the scene as the curtain fell on this Pulitzer Prize winning musical that opened on Broadway in 1949.
The performers are a major part of any production but it takes a great many others to bring it all together to please an audience. South Pacific musicians were: Jeffery Keyes, Elizabeth Updike, Holly Snitzer, Jeff Burkett, Jeff Stempien, Nick Swaha, Sarah Birchard, Jay Thornton, Rex Fullam V, Scott Zimmerman and Allen Weed. Stage crew: Nick Chamberlain, Jessica Plutino-Gilleran and Jeff Wayman; Lighting: Susie Chamberlain and Tiara Leonard with Adam Rhone on spotlight.
A thank you was extended to Mike Matis, Melissa Chamberlain, Jime Grabowski, Robin Glidden, John Ord, Melissa Sussman, Kristi Rossi, Neil Hall, Austin Cowperthwait, Brandon Saddlemire, Endless Mountain Theatre Company, SCSD Board of Directors and the school administration.