The students of Glen Ridge are participating in Passaic Valley Summer Theater's presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific. The Performances are scheduled for the month of July on 29, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m., along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 1. All performances will be held at Passaic Valley High School, 100 East Main St. and Little Falls. The program is an annual summer theatrical experience performed completely by students from high schools in the surrounding region. This year's show includes students from Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, Kinnelon, Lakeland, Morris Hills, Mt. St. Dominic Academy, New York City, Nutley, Passaic Valley, River Dell, West Essex, West Orange and Wood-Ridge. The production staff includes Jeff Budd as director and Ken Magos as musical director. Grand Island youths auditioned, cast, directed, rehearsed, choreographed, blocked and built the entirety of the Grand Island Little Theatre's summer musical, "South Pacific."
In a unique situation, Northwest High School alumni and students from the Grand Island area have pulled together the musical without the help of "adult" directors, to increase money for GILT. The musical performed Friday through Sunday and July 30-Aug. 1. South Pacific" is a romance set on a tropical island during World War II. The two couples who fall in love are U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Airman and French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a local native girl, Liat. Their gladness and well-being are threatened by the complex issues of war, prejudice and intertwining loves. Popular songs that will be performed include "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "Bali Ha'i," "There is Nothin' Like A Dame," and "A Wonderful Guy."
The 2008 touring production of the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific opens in the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Even though the musical garnered a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and various Tony awards when it opened in 1945, this production is the first time the show has been revived on Broadway since its first run. The story of perky ensign Nellie Forbush and the dashing Emile deBeque is most often remembered for its sweeping, romantic score that includes “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Bali Hai,” but the new revival emphasizes on the undercurrents of racism and war. The great and well admired show South Pacific Musical performed on Jul 20, 2010-Aug 1, 2010 at The Buell Theatre. In a statement, Chapin credits the current Broadway revival of South Pacific (at the Vivian Beaumont Theater through August 22) as the motivation for the new film treatment, saying that it led the producers to see modern cinematic possibilities that challenge us all to interpret this masterwork for new generations of filmgoers. Grab your cheap South Pacific musical tickets now and be a part of the magnificence of the South Pacific Musical!