McCOOK, Nebraska -- Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas talents are invited to audition for the musical "South Pacific," to be presented by the Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association in March.
Auditions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, and Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Director Don Harpst and music director Christy Stevens will select 36 persons for the cast and rehearsals that begin Jan. 6.
Keri Ohlson will be the chorographer for dance numbers.
"South Pacific" has been a world-famous music since it was first performed in 1949. performances accompanied by an orchestra will be given two weekends in March, 16-17 and 22-23-24.
Casting is needed for 13 women, 21 men and two young children.
Principal characters are Nellie Forbush, a mezzo soprano who is a spunky young nurse from Arkansas; Emile deBecque, baritone, who is an older French planter. (Since there are several characters who need to speak some French, Mrs. Lee Janssen will be coaching them in December). Lt. Joseph Cable, tenor; U.S. Marine Luther Billis, baritone; Bloody Mary, haunting mezzo.
Other characters include: Liat, daughter of Bloody Mary; Ngana and Jerome, ages 6-12, who speak and sing in French; Henry the servant for Emile, also speaks French; Capt. George Bracket; Commander William Harbison; Stewpot George Watts; Professor; Lt. Buzz Adams, Yeoman Herbert Quale; Radio operator Bob McCaffrey and two Seabees, two sailors, three Marines, nine female ensign nurses and various other islanders and sailors.