Woodminster Summer Musicals
Oakland's Summer Theater
Under The Stars
Rodgers & Hammerstein's
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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.
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)
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South Pacific PRESS RELEASE
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.
Emile De Becque
Rod Voltaire Edora*
Capt. George Brackett
Cmdr. William Harbison
Aisla Skye Villareal
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Photos are by Kathy Kahn except where Natalie Fong is indicated as the photographer.