South Pacific promises one enchanted evening!

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 October 2017

Liat (Phoebe Goodwin) and Lt Joe Cable (Dan Wylde) will be appearing in Axminster Musical Theatre's production of South Pacific. Picture: Contributed

Liat (Phoebe Goodwin) and Lt Joe Cable (Dan Wylde) will be appearing in Axminster Musical Theatre's production of South Pacific. Picture: Contributed

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The well known show, South Pacific, will be performed in East Devon by Axminster Musical Theatre in November.

Some of the cast who will be appearing in Axminster Musical Theatre's production of South Pacific. Picture: ContributedSome of the cast who will be appearing in Axminster Musical Theatre's production of South Pacific. Picture: Contributed

Axminster Musical Theatre will be bringing South Pacific to the stage in November.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical will be performed at Axminster Guildhall from Wednesday, November 15 to Saturday, November 18.

It is considered by most critics to be among the greatest musicals of the 20th century and many of its songs went on to have a life of their own outside of the musical, including ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair’, ‘Happy Talk’, ‘Bali Ha’i’, ‘Younger than Springtime’, and ‘I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy’.

It inspired a 1958 film adaptation and has enjoyed numerous successful revivals.

Nellie Forbush (Kelly Apps) and a Seabee (Joseph Binmore) will be appearing in Axminster Musical Theatre's production of South Pacific. Picture: ContributedNellie Forbush (Kelly Apps) and a Seabee (Joseph Binmore) will be appearing in Axminster Musical Theatre's production of South Pacific. Picture: Contributed

Set on an island paradise during World War Two, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.

Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas (played by stage favourite Kelly Apps), falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile (played by newcomer Mark Worsley).

Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.

Meanwhile, the dashing US Marine, Lieutenant Joe Cable (played by Dan Wilde) denies himself the fulfilment of a future with Liat (played by Phoebe Goodwin), an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love, out of the same fears that haunt Nellie.

Into the mix are numerous characters, the young American navy Seabees, desperate for female attention, which they get from the nubile and coquettish army nurses stationed on the island.

Perhaps the most brazen and larger than life character, is native islander Bloody Mary (played by another stage favourite Tracey Wakeling) who is shrewd and devious as they come, doing whatever it takes to survive which includes attempting to marry her daughter, Liat, off to Cable by luring him to the mystical island, Bali Hai.

The show runs at 7.30pm, nightly, with a matinee on the Saturday, at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available either from Archway Bookshop (01297 33595) or online https://seaty.co.uk/southpacific

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