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South Pacific’ on stage in Howe


The LaGrange Civic Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “South Pacific” at The Howe School’s Bouton Auditorium this week.

The musical romance set at a U.S. Naval Base in the South Pacific during World War II explores racial prejudice through two love stories: an American nurse and an expatriate French plantation owner who has mixed-race children, and a U.S. lieutenant and a young Asian woman.

The cast of local talent ranges in age from 4 to 77, and includes World War II veteran Joe Feiertag, who will make his stage debut with a guest appearance.

Nikki Carpenter of Wolcottville plays the leading role of Ensign Nellie Forbush. Mike Mullen of Stroh is her leading man, Emile de Becque. The other romantic couple is Michaela Mellinger of Lakeland High School, who plays Liat, and Tim Becze of Brighton, who plays Lt. Joe Cable.

Bloody Mary, the island local who can get you anything, is played by Reverend Sandra Hutchens of Howe. Rodger Owsley of LaGrange provides comic relief as the character Luther Billis.

The show is directed by Deb Muntz of LaGrange and choreographed by Adrianne Mishler of LaGrange with pit orchestra under the directing baton of Hank Gore of LaGrange.

Performances are 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28. Doors and box office will open at 6 p.m. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, with doors opening at 1 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door. Active-duty military and veterans receive free admission with ID.