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Porthouse Theatre Sets Sail for "South Pacific" June 13-29

Posted Jun. 10, 2013

 Greg Violand* as Emile and Kayce Cummings* as Nellie (members of AEA). Photo by Bob Christy.“South Pacific,” directed by Porthouse Theatre Artistic Director Terri Kent, is a Broadway musical set on a tropical island during World War II. The show tells a sweeping romantic tale of two couples whose happiness is threatened by the realities of the war and by their own prejudices.

Kent explained that it is important for her to find good stories that can engage audiences and resonate with present-day issues. “South Pacific” tells one of those stories. “Although it opened on Broadway in 1949, the themes still haunt us today,” Kent said. “There are indeed lighter moments in the play, but at its heart it takes a serious look at prejudices and racism. The score is gorgeous and the transformation of Nellie Forbush, the main character, is inspiring.”

The musical, based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Tales of the South Pacific,” features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and the book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. The show’s score includes songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”

“South Pacific” features a cast of 25 actors, three of whom are members of the Actor’s Equity Association*. Rohn Thomas* will play George Brackett, opposite Kaishawn Thomas (yes, this is Rohn Thomas and Terri Kent’s daughter!) as Liat. Kayce Cummings* will play Nellie Forbush, and Greg Violand* will assume the role of Emile de Becque. This production includes costume design by Suzy Campbell, choreography by MaryAnn Black, scenic design by Benjamin Needham and lighting design by Jakyung Seo.

Porthouse Theatre is located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center at 1145 W. Steels Corners Road.

Subscriptions for all three shows on the 2013 Porthouse season are available: Gold Center $75-90, Adult Left and Right Center $66-81, Senior Left and Right Center $57-81, Student Left and Right Center $45-54. Single tickets will go on sale after May 21, 2013. Single tickets are $32-38 for adults, $26-35 for seniors and $17-21 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 330-672-3884 or visit www.porthousetheatre.com.

Porthouse Theatre features free parking and allows patrons to bring in picnics (including alcohol) to its grounds to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is located next to the theatre grounds. A covered picnic pavilion is available for reservation at $2 per person or free for subscribers, based on availability. There also is a concession stand of light snacks and beverages.  Additional picnic tables are available for everyone’s enjoyment at no cost.

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Photo Caption:
Greg Violand* as Emile and Kayce Cummings* as Nellie (*members of AEA). Photo by Bob Christy.

Media Contact:
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398