Rodgers & Hammerstein's



Music by Richard Rodgers


Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II


Book by

Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan


Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel

Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener


Directed by Joel Schlader

Music Direction by Daniel Thomas

Choregraphed by Jane Mason


Presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals.





Edward Hightower*, as Luther Billis, performs the hilarious “Honey Bun.” Edward was honored with a Theatre Bay Area award for his performance as Lord Farquaad in Woodminster’s 2016 production of Shrek the Musical.  (*member of Actors Equity Association.  Photo by Natalie Fong.)  Click on the photo for a print resolution version.


  • Show Details

    South Pacific


    Woodminster’s 51st season continues in August 2017 with South Pacific, the grand 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein adaptation of James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific.  Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, already hugely successful with Carousel and Oklahoma, set out to write a popular musical that would also send a strong progressive message about racism. They succeeded so well that this vastly entertaining show still has an important and relevant message more than 60 years later.


    South Pacific has a compelling plot, likable characters, and most of all, some of the most glorious songs in musical theater history, including “Bali Ha’i,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” and many more.


    This is a show that appeals to all ages.  Younger children will enjoy the lively musical numbers, and older children and teens will appreciate the thoughtful treatment of issues like racism and the costs of war.  Everyone will enjoy the humor, romance, and melodies that have made this show such a classic.


    Join us in August for this beautiful love story with a still-timely message.


    SOUTH PACIFIC on R&H Musicals - (plot synopsis, cast, music, etc.)


    SOUTH PACIFIC on Wikipedia - (background and history of the musical)


    Tickets Available Now!  For quick online purchase, click on any date in the calendar.  For full ticket information and options, visit our ticket information page.


    South Pacific PRESS RELEASE


  • Who's Who

    Director - Joel Schlader

    Music Director - Daniel Thomas

    Choreographer - Jane Mason

    Scenic Designer - Lauren Jordan

    Lighting - Jon Gourdine

    Sound - Carole Davis

    Costumes - Alison Morris

    Props - Lisa Danz

    Specialty Props - Billy Sander

    Stage Manager - Anastasia Wirth

    Assistant Stage Manager - Judy Boraas



    Ensign Nellie Forbush … Amanda Johnson*

    Emile De Becque … Chris Vettel*

    Ngana, his daughter …  Juliet Newman

    Joelle, his daughter ... Aisla Skye Villareal

    Henry - his native servant … Rod Voltaire Edora*

    Bloody Mary … Jeffrie Givens

    Liat, her daughter … Sarah Pon

    Luther Billis … Edward Hightower*

    Lt. Joseph Cable … Joshua Marx*

    Capt. George Brackett … Greg Carlson*

    Cmdr. William Harbison … Joel Schlader*

    Ensemble … Megan Bartlett, Lauren Bond, Julia Brunelli, Randy Burke, Scott Taylor Cole, Kenji Constantini, Linnea Fox, Cai Freeman, Larry Hawelu, Gavin Kaneshiro, Brennah Kemmerly, Ji-Yun Kim, Max Kligman, Grant Lowenstein, Julia Ludwig, Rio Martinez, Gabrielle Meacham, Kelty Morash, Bryan Munar, Sebastian Romeo, Johann Santos, *Todd Schlader, Bobby Singer, Burton Thomas

    *member of Actors Equity Association.

    Amanda Johnson*

    Nellie Forbush

    Chris Vettel*

    Emile De Becque

    Joshua Marx*

    Lt. Cable

    Jeffrie Givens

    Bloody Mary

    Edward Hightower*

    Luther Billis

    Rod Voltaire Edora*


    Sarah Pon


    Greg Carlson*

    Capt. George Brackett

    Joel Schlader*

    Cmdr. William Harbison


     Juliet Newman


    Aisla Skye Villareal


    Megan Bartlett

    Lauren Bond

    Julia Brunelli

    Randy Burke

    Kenji Constantini

    Linnea Fox

    Cai Freeman

    Larry Hawelu

    Gavin Kaneshiro

    Brennah Kemmerly

    Ji-Yun Kim

    Max Kligman

    Grant Lowenstein

    Julia Ludwig

    Rio Martinez

    Gabrielle Meacham

    Kelty Morash

    Bryan Munar

    Sebastian Romeo

    Johann Santos

    Todd Schlader*

    Bobby Singer

    Scott Taylor-Cole

    Burton Thomas

  • Media

    Publicity Photos

    Any photos on this website may be used for any editorial or social media purposes.  Click on links to download web versions (about 600 pixels) and print versions (about 1800 pixels).  * indicates member of Actors' Equity Association

    Photos are by Kathy Kahn except where Natalie Fong is indicated as the photographer.

    Amanda Johnson* as Nellie Forbush

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    Chris Vettel* as

    Emile De Becque

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    Jeffrie Givens as

    Bloody Mary

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    Joshua Marx* as

    Lieutenant Cable

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    Edward Hightower* as

     Luther Billis

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    Juliet Newman as Ngana and

    Aisla Skye Villarreal as Joelle

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    Joshua Marx* as Cable, Greg Carlson* as Capt. Brackett, Joel Schlader* as Cmdr. Harbison

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    Joshua Marx* as Cable, Jeffrie Givens as Bloody Mary, and Sarah Pon as Liat

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    Seabees clockwise from UL, Larry Hawelu, Grant Lowenstein, Rod Voltaire Edora*, Bobby Singer, Scott Taylor Cole in center.

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    Navy Nurses: Top Cai Freeman, Gabrielle Meacham, Ji-Yun Kim, Megan Bartlett, Brennah Kemmerly, Kelty Morash. Lower Lauren Bond, Julia Ludwig, Julia Brunelli, Linnea Fox.

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    Edward Hightower* as Billis. (photo by Natalie Fong.)

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    Amanda Johnson*

    as Nellie Forbush

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    Chris Vettel* as Emile with Amanda Johnson* as Nellie

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    Kenji Constantini, Burton Thomas, and Randy Burke as Seabees

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    Edward Hightower* as Billis. (photo by Natalie Fong.)

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    Joshua Marx* as Cable with

    Sarah Pon as Liat

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    Seabees: Johann Santos, Gavin Kaneshiro, Max Kligman, Sebastian Romeo

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    Jeffrie Givens as Bloody Mary center.  Seabees L to R, Rod Voltaire Edora*, Scott Taylor Cole, Grant Lowenstein.

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    Edward Hightower* center as Luther Billis with Seabees Kenji Constantini

    and Bryan Munar.

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    Joshua Marx* as Cable, Edward Hightower* as Billis, Rio Martinez as Stew Pot

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    Todd Schlader* and Bryan Munar

     as Seabees.

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    Joshua Marx* as Cable with Jeffrie Givens as Bloody Mary

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