We are seeking male and female actors, actor/singers, and actor/singer/dancers to fill up to twenty-five roles in South Pacific, by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. All roles are available. Auditions are by appointment only on September 23, 24 and 25 at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City. Please sign up below.
South Pacific is one of the greatest musical comedies ever written, a landmark work by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the 1949 premiere starring Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza on Broadway. Set in the early days of World War II, the show treats love, betrayal and danger, especially notable for its direct attack on racism, handled so forcefully that the 1953 tour faced outrage in Atlanta, and other companies had difficulty booking engagements in the Deep South. At the same time, South Pacific stages the wild, comic mischief of American sailors and nurses stationed in the tropical islands and eager for any diversion they can find.
South Pacific is both a classic and an intensely contemporary show. Recent revivals include productions at the Royal National Theatre in London, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and on Broadway starring Kelli O’Hara and Paulo Szot. A 2001 film featured Glenn Close, and the 2005 concert version at Carnegie Hall starred Reba McEntire as Nellie and Alec Baldwin as Billis.
The original production won ten Tony Awards, and the 2008 Broadway revival won seven. South Pacific is one of only nine musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
For the CATS production, Susan Mason and Jeffrey Mason will collaborate on both stage direction and musical direction. The design team includes Tim Dugan (scenery), Les Solomon (lighting) and Leslie Dilloway (costumes).
South Pacific will begin rehearsals on February 18, 2018, with performances running four weeks at the Nevada Theatre from April 12 through May 5, 2018.
Show dates are April 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, May 2, 3, 4, and 5. Note: April 25 and May 2 are Wednesday evening shows. Show times are: Wednesday, 7pm; Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm; and Sunday, 2pm.
A synopsis of South Pacific is available to read or download.
SINGING: You may sing either one song from South Pacific or one of your own preference.
- from South Pacific: choose one of the selections posted below; we’re providing both sheet music and recorded accompaniment; be sure to choose the one most appropriate for the character(s) most suitable for you; we’ll provide a live accompanist
- your preference: be sure to choose a selection that lasts no longer than one minute, and be sure to bring recorded accompaniment, either a CD we can play on our equipment or any other medium that you can play on yours
special note for Emile: If you are auditioning for the role of Emile, please come prepared to sing both selections from “Some Enchanted Evening,” and note that the first ends softly, while the second ends in full voice. We’re posting both versions in sheet music; the recorded accompaniment we’re posting will serve for either.
special note for Ngana and Jerome: If singing in French presents even the slightest problem, please just sing “La-La-La” to the melody.
special note for speaking roles: The following roles don’t require singing: Brackett, Harbison, Liat and Henri.
ACTING: Please choose and prepare one of the short monologues we’ve posted here. Be sure to choose the one most appropriate for the character(s) most suitable for you:
- sailors, Seabees, Marines and Billis should read for Billis
- nurses and Nellie should read for Nellie
- Harbison, Henri and Brackett should read for Brackett
- Ngana and Jerome don’t need to read a monologue
You may memorize if you wish, but there’s no problem if you prefer to read from a page that we’ll provide.
DANCING: We’d like everyone to participate in a brief dance audition, so please wear shoes and clothes that permit you to move.
Note: Ages listed are those the actor can portray.
Nellie Forbush (mezzo-soprano, mid-twenties), a Navy nurse, is a “cockeyed optimist” and self-described hick from Little Rock who dreams of adventure, very forthright about her feelings, eager to measure up to others’ expectations but learning how to assert herself
Emile de Becque (bass baritone, early forties) killed a bully in France and came to the islands to build a plantation with his bare hands, a masterful man with a great capacity to love and to act on his convictions
Bloody Mary (mezzo-soprano, age 40-55) is a survivor, a tough and cunning Tonkinese woman who came to work on the plantations but has gone into business for herself, doing whatever she can find to make a buck in wartime, refuses to acknowledge anyone’s authority
Lieutenant Joseph Cable (tenor or high baritone, mid-twenties), a Marine officer from an affluent family, usually manages a cool exterior, but he’s seen his friends die in battle and he’s volunteered for a dangerous mission, so he’s on the edge
Luther Billis (baritone, any adult age), an enlisted Seabee, is the ultimate operator who will do and say anything to further his schemes, resourceful and enterprising, a pirate and rascal who can be both charming and domineering; the featured performer (in drag) in “Honey Bun”
Captain Brackett (speaking role, age 50-60), a career Navy officer, very capable in spite of the disappointment of the island commander assignment and the irritation of having to deal with people like Billis and Bloody Mary, kinder and more sensitive than he usually wants people to realize
Commander Harbison (speaking role, age 25-45), a career Navy officer, takes a much stricter view of Navy regulations than Captain Brackett
Liat (dancing/speaking role, age 16-18), Bloody Mary’s daughter, innocent and sheltered, falls in love with Cable in the first moment she sees him
sailors, Seabees and Marines (all singing/speaking/moving roles; Stewpot, the Professor, Quale, McCaffrey, Adams and the rest) are enlisted men, all volunteers who know the Navy inside out and who live to make fools of their officers
nurses (all singing/speaking/moving roles; Dinah, Janet, Connie, Rita, Lisa and the rest) all officers, all recent volunteers to serve the war effort, dedicated to healing the wounded but hoping to have fun; some dance in the Thanksgiving Follies and other musical numbers
Ngana and Jerome (a girl and a boy, age 6-11) are Emile’s children by his late Polynesian wife; they sing “Dites-Moi,” and one or both are small enough for Emile to lift them up for a hug
Henri (speaking role, any adult age), Emile’s head servant, Asian or Polynesian (might double as a sailor or Seabee, in which case see above)
Bloody Mary’s assistants (male or female, any age from 13 up), probably Tonkinese, but could be any Asian or Polynesian
|character||PDF files||MP3 files|
|all||South Pacific synopsis|
|Billis, sailors||“There is Nothin’ Like a Dame”||“There is Nothin’ Like a Dame”|
|Bloody Mary||“Bali Ha’i”||“Bali Ha’i”|
|Cable||“Younger Than Springtime”||“Younger Than Springtime”|
|Emile||“Some Enchanted Evening”||“Some Enchanted Evening”|
|Emile||“Some Enchanted Evening” reprise|
|Nellie, nurses||“I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy”||“I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy”|
|Ngana & Jerome||“Dites-Moi”||“Dites-Moi”|
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Audition form is available to print or download. Please complete and bring to scheduled audition time.
You will receive an email within 24 to 48 hours to confirm your registration to audition. We will also provide your audition time (depending on availability).