FAHS Theatrical Society to Perform South Pacific

Posted on April 2, 2013 by


This year, Fleetwood Area High School’s theatrical society will be performing Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The play opened in Broadway in 1949 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950. It plays on Broadway today and is still very popular.

“This is one of the few shows that show the sacrifice of the lives of those who serve our countries,” Matthew Biniek, the director of the show, said.

The main setting is a U.S. Naval base on a south Pacific island during World War II. The plot centers on Ensign Nelly Forbush, an American nurse who falls in love with a French plantation owner, Emile De Becque, who left France for a certain reason. Little does Nelly know that Emile is the father of two Polynesian children, Ngana and Nalani.

Nelly is played by Eleni Zahariadis.

“[Nellie] is very dorky.  I was happy, excited and surprised about getting the role,” Zahariadis said.

“[Emile] has my suaveness,” Jon Schultz, who plays Emile, said.

Ngana and Nalani are played by 6th grade twins, Jordyn and Lia Bennicoff. They were both happy about getting the role and enjoy “speaking French and [the fact] that we are stuck on an island.”

The plot also includes Bloody Mary, a “saxy” Tonkinese vendor, and Luther Billis, a comical yet dependable sailor; they use the dame-desperate sailors to compete with each other to earn money. Bloody Mary’s items come from a mysterious island Billis is dying to visit, called Bali Hai, which means “here I am,” which “calls to you if you listen carefully.”

Zio Toledo plays Bloody Mary.

“[Bloody Mary] is crazy, but I like that she’s wise and has a meaning behind what she says,” Toledo said.

Billis is played by Ben Burt.

“I have a supporting role to move the plot along,” Burt said.

In steps Joe Cable, a U.S. lieutenant, with a dangerous mission that requires the expertise of a certain Frenchman. Emile refuses to go because of his strong feelings for Nelly, unaware that Nelly is starting to second-guess the relationship.  Cable goes to Bali Hai and practically falls head over heels for Liat, the young Tonkinese daughter of Bloody Mary.
Aaron Nelson plays Cable, and Jen Mikitka as Liat.

Sadly, both couples face a difficult decision about marriage. Will love triumph or shatter as war reigns across the world? 

To find out, attend the performances on Friday, 6 April, and Saturday, 7 April, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. The cost per ticket is $7.00 dollars and are available for purchase at the high school office or at the door. Also, if you show a valid military I.D., admission is free.

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