FSC Presents: South Pacific

Feb 9, 2018

by Christianne Roll
Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Florida Southern College has been established for decades. Over the course of those years, many wonderful musical theatre productions have been created in our Buckner Theatre by FSC’s faculty and students. But one famously defining musical theatre composing duo has been missing from our previous theatrical seasons: Rodgers and Hammerstein.

However, this month, Florida Southern College will be producing its first R&H classic musical, South Pacific. Being an avid Rodgers and Hammerstein fan, I am beyond excited to be working on this production with my students and colleagues.

This grand show, set on an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, will feature a cast of twenty-six Florida Southern theatre students, and a live orchestra of eight musicians. Additionally, countless students will be working on costumes, set, sound, and lighting design, as well as literally running the show as stage managers and run crew. Working on any musical involves creativity, collaboration, and preparation. But there is something uniquely special about getting to work on the lyrics, melodies, and stories of Rodgers and Hammerstein, since they are the creators of the art form of musical theatre as we now know it.

Theatre students are rehearsing for South Pacific musical
South Pacific rehearsal. Photo Credit: Musical Theater student, Catherine Cervone '19.

Jessie Cohen, a sophomore musical theatre major playing the role of “Nellie” says, “I have always loved the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein because they consistently challenge social issues in a beautifully haunting way. The orchestrations and lyrics are so grand and magical – it is truly a privilege to perform them.”

A freshman musical theatre major, Nic Jankowski, playing the role of “Emile de Becque” says, “South Pacific has been a wonderful opportunity to further my craft and also to look deeper into some of my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.”

This show features songs like “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” that were beloved by previous generations. By producing South Pacific at Florida Southern, we are introducing this classic sound and story of love and acceptance to a new generation of theatre artists and audience members.

South Pacific runs at the Buckner Theatre from February 15th - 18th, and 22nd - 25th. For ticket information, be sure to visit: www.flsouthern.edu/ffa.