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When:

Tue 27 Mar 2012, 5:00pm–7:45pm
Wed 28 Mar 2012, 7:30pm–10:15pm
Thu 29 Mar 2012, 7:30pm–10:15pm
Fri 30 Mar 2012, 7:30pm–10:15pm
Sat 31 Mar 2012, 7:30pm–10:15pm

Where: Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $26.00
  • School age: $12.00
  • Family 4 seat pass (max 2 adults): $67.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: PNBHS Drama

For the first time since 1961 this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic will delight Palmerston North theatregoers. A full orchestra centre-stage will lead the cast of 50 through such iconic numbers as I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Bloody Mary, There is Nothing Like a Dame and Some Enchanted Evening.

As World War II rages in the Pacific, on an island behind the lines the US has a base back from the fighting. Most personnel have seen little or no action so boredom, “rock fever” and tropical illnesses are their major challenges among which Luther Billis carves out an entrepreneurial “niche”. A young nurse, Nellie Forbush, becomes attracted to a middle-aged French plantation owner, Emile de Becque. The romance becomes troubled when Nellie discovers the details of de Becque's past, especially his interracial relationship with the Polynesian mother of his children which her racist southern US upbringing strongly disapproves of. Meanwhile, Marine Lieutenant Joe Cable arrives to lead a coastwatcher (spy) post on a Japanese-held island. Bloody Mary, the Tonkinese souvenir dealer, sets Cable up with her beautiful daughter, Liat, but he too has racist hang-ups and refuses to marry her though he later regrets this. Incensed, Bloody Mary drags her away to marry a rich, old planter instead. After considerable thought and pressure from the Army, de Becque agrees to be Cable's guide and they spearhead intelligence for Operation Alligator...

The company are dedicating this season to those who served in the Pacific theatre during World War II – the setting for this musical – including the armed services, nursing staff, Seabees, merchant mariners, indigenous resistance movements and Coastwatchers. Although not always receiving the same public awareness as the European theatre, the Japanese threat was very real to New Zealand, and the conflict unspeakably bitter against a foe for whom surrender was the ultimate shame.

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