More than 1,400 people attend spring musical “South Pacific”
Performing the musical “South Pacific” March 4-6 at Cowley College’s Robert Brown Theatre, a total of 1,410 tickets were sold to the three evening performances.
“The crowds were amazing,” said Director of Theatre and Theatrical Services, Scott MacLaughlin. “The cast really fed off their energy.”
Along with MacLaughlin and vocal music director Connie Donatelli, several instructors had a hand in making the musical a success, including dance instructor Jennifer Blatchford, Technical Director of Theatre Jamison Rhoads, instrumental music instructor Josh Fleig, and humanities instructor Dr. Gloria Tham.
“We all have a passion for our own area,” MacLaughlin said. “It was such a collaborative effort, it was really neat to get everyone to buy into the production.”
“South Pacific” was presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals. The story was set in the backdrop of a South Pacific island during World War II and centered on love, war, and bigotry.
“When you look at what the veterans gave up it puts a whole different perspective on it,” MacLaughlin said.
“South Pacific” was a 1949 musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The story draws from James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, 1948 novel, Tales of the South Pacific, weaving together characters and elements from several of its stories into a single plotline.
MacLaughlin thought the students did a wonderful job bringing the musical to life.
“Those kids love to perform and absolutely blew us out of the water with their ability,” MacLaughlin said.
Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee was in attendance for Friday night’s production of the musical and was impressed by the amount of work that went into making the show a success.
“I want to express my deep appreciation to all who contributed to the success of this show,” McAtee said. “Everyone in the cast and crew did a professional job.”
Seven of the 28 cast members were either in the Cowley College Concert Choir or the CC Singers.