The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival next production is a new staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s legendary musical South Pacific.
“I think that when the audience comes in” says actor Christopher Carl, “they are going to be put into a frame of mind that it’s not the same South Pacific.”
The musical is a timely period piece based on James Michener’s book Tales of the South Pacific and follows the story of an American nurse during World War II, who falls in love with a French plantation owner with reservations for having children of mixed race. Another major plot line involves a U.S. military lieutenant and a local woman exploring the social apprehensions of their upcoming marriage.
“It’s [a story of] all of these worlds colliding,” sums up Melody Butiu, who plays a character named ‘Bloody Mary.’
South Pacific addresses a number of issues, including racism, interracial romance, and the deconstruction of cultural mores and taboos, making the show both groundbreaking and controversial in it’s early days.
The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival takes the original show and puts their own twist on it, incorporating both water and sand on stage to present this show in a unique way.
Performances run August 7 to August 28, and are being held at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park in Auburn.
For tickets and more information, be sure to visit FingerLakesMTF.com or call (315) 255-1785.