Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS)
Announces Auditions for our April and May 2018 Musical
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Tales of the South Pacific, by James A. Michener
Directed by Susan Mason and Jeffrey Mason
Musical Direction by Susan Mason and Jeffrey Mason
Auditions to be held in September and October at the Nevada Theatre
Need: Large cast of adult and teen male and female actors, singers and dancers, Asian and mixed-race children. All ethnicities encouraged to apply.
Please visit the Audition page for more information.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s fourth musical, South Pacific, was based on several stories in James A. Michener’s book Tales of the South Pacific, specifically two that dealt with wartime romances complicated by racial issues. Lyricist and co-librettist Hammerstein had first taken on the issue of racial tolerance in Show Boat in 1927. In South Pacific, he renewed the theme by exploring the relationship between a young American nurse from Arkansas and an older French planter with two small half-Polynesian children and between an American lieutenant and an island girl. The cultural contrasts were supported by musical ones, the score veering between lush, operatic ballads (“Some Enchanted Evening” and “Bali Ha’i”) and earthy comedic numbers (“There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”).
South Pacific opened on Broadway in 1949, starring retired Metropolitan Opera bass Ezio Pinza and musical comedy star Mary Martin, and ran for over 1,900 performances, winning ten Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.
The film version in 1958 won an Academy Award for Best Sound and starred Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor. The 2008 Lincoln Center revival starred Paulo Szot and Kelli O’Hara. It ran for 996 performances and won seven Tony Awards. South Pacific remains an all-time favorite.