Fountain Hills Theater to perform war-time musical, South Pacific

South Pacific

Alex Gonzalez as Emile and Karissa Anderson-Self as Nellie. (Submitted photo)

The Fountain Hills Theater is to perform hit Broadway musical and romantic story, South Pacific, Sept. 4-20.

The winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, South Pacific tells the story of two couples on a remote island in the Pacific – a U.S. Navy nurse and an expatriate French plantation owner, and a Marine Corps lieutenant and a young local girl – and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices, according to a press release.

Helmed by FHT’s Artistic Director Peter J. Hill, and incorporating newsreel footage from WWII, South Pacific balances intimate, personal stories with the sweeping grandeur of wartime drama, stated the release.

South Pacific premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate hit, running for 1,925 performances. The original Broadway production enjoyed critical and box-office success, became the second-longest running Broadway musical to that point, and has remained popular ever since.

The production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto, and it is still the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories, stated the release.

 South Pacific is produced by Patty Torrilhon and Patricia Tonzi and directed by Peter J. Hill. The show is choreographed by Noel Irick and musically directed by Dan Kurek.

South Pacific stars: Karissa Anderson-Self, Chris Fidler, Alex Gonzalez, Nicholas Hambruch, Dawn LeSueur, Matt McDonald, Hal Morgan, Roger Prenger, Patrick Russo, Chelsea Umeda and Tom Vinopal. The show also features Katie Barnett, Joshua Buescher, Heidi Carpenter, J.P. Clemente, Ashley Fredricksen, Andrey Lull, Stephani McDonald, Keith and Marna McLendon, Dan Marburger, Brandon Murphy, J. Jay Rangel, Josie Sand and Asher Sheppard.

South Pacific will play Sept. 4–20.  Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

A reception will be held on opening night for all those attending that evening, featuring free appetizers and soft drinks, according to the release.

Individual tickets are $33 for adults and $28 for children 17 and under. Seniors receive a $5.00 discount on all Thursday performances. Group rates and student rush discounts are available.

All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Tickets are available through the Theater Box Office at 480-837-9661 x3.  Box Office Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information visit www.fhtaz.org.

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