Winter may be slow to leave Delaware, but it’s already sunny and tropical in Possum Hall as Possum Point Players rehearse the Tony Award-winning musical “South Pacific.” Palm trees and promises of magical destinations like “Bali Ha‘i” will entertain audiences over two weekends, April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13, in the players’ Georgetown theater.
Rodgers and Hammerstein set their World War II classic far away from bloody battlefields and muddy fox holes. However, the tensions and devastating losses of war are felt even in a tropical paradise. The local residents and the military members who are stationed there are faced with day-to-day uncertainties of life and taboos of what some may see as forbidden love. Yet, sailors still find time to humorously lament “There is Nothing Like a Dame,” and nurses cleanse themselves of problems of the heart with a rousing “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.”
Possum Point Players have assembled a cast of 29 area actors to sing and dance this musical to life. Director Jim Hartzell of Georgetown and assistant director Donna de Kuyper of Lewes, feel that audiences will not only be entertained, they will also see the universal similarities shared by that much-earlier era of World War II and life today.
“South Pacific” cast members include Kori Lewandowski, Bridgeville; Chris Polo, Dover; Claudius Bowden, Pete Jones, Peyton Lynch, Cat Timko, Abby Toomey, Linda Williams and Ashlie Workman, Georgetown; Sherry Fraser, Laurel; and Julia Bloom, Doug Friend and Mike Mahaffie, Lewes.
Also appearing are Janice Jester, Lincoln; Leslie Boslet, Steven Dow and Lindsay O' Day, Milford; Steve Givens, Matt King, Baleigh Lambert, Dory McCormick and Josh Smith, Millsboro; Daniel Carney, Ocean Pines; Mark Ladd, Rehoboth Beach; Pat Erhardt and Dillon Mangene, Seaford; Susan McCoy and Cassia Steck, Selbyville; and Greg Breitkreitz, Viola.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $23, or seniors and students, $22 and may be reserved at www.possumpointplayers.org. For information, call 302-856-3460. Find PPP on Facebook.
Possum Point Players is supported, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.