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‘South Pacific’ is in capable hands at Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont

By in Press Enterprise on August 29, 2017

By Frances Baum Nicholson

In 1949, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s “South Pacific” opened on Broadway. Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the silliness, boredom and racial conflicts of “behind the action” stations in the Pacific during World War II, the play, which also went on to win a Pulitzer, featured some of the duo’s most memorable songs.

At the time, only four years after the end of the war, its relevance was both obvious and challenging.

The new production at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater cannot help but remind us that it still has something rather pointed to say to a modern audience.

  • As Nellie Forbush, Katie Moya sings the silly “Honeybun” during the base Thanksgiving show in “South Pacific,” which continues through Sept. 9 at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater. (Photo by Demetrius Katsantonis)

  • Michael Scott Harris and Katie Moya in a scene from “South Pacific.” (Photo by Demetrius Katsantonis)

    Michael Scott Harris and Katie Moya in a scene from “South Pacific.” (Photo by Demetrius Katsantonis)

  • Marc Montminy as Luther Billis leads the sailors in “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” from “South Pacific” at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater. (Photo by Demetrius Katsantonis)

    Marc Montminy as Luther Billis leads the sailors in “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” from “South Pacific” at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater. (Photo by Demetrius Katsantonis)

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The tale centers on a U.S. naval supply station and hospital on a tiny Polynesian island in what most of its temporary occupants would consider the middle of nowhere.

The more permanent inhabitants, the French planters who came as colonists and the Polynesian native population, live in a comparatively relaxed coexistence that the Americans have significantly disrupted in one way or another. For many of the […]    

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