Six talented young Queenslanders will tread the boards alongside some of Australia's most popular stars in the Brisbane season of South Pacific to be presented from 27 December at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
The successful children, aged from 7 to 12 years, will rotate in the roles of Ngana and Jerome, the children of Emile de Becque and the role of Bloody Mary's assistant.
The role of Ngana will be shared by Joy Ehue (Brisbane) and Louisa Finau (Sunshine Coast), the role of Jerome shared by Levi Ehue (Brisbane) and Jamila Jalloh (Gold Coast) and the role of Bloody Mary's assistant will be shared by Tobi-Kay Ehue (Brisbane) and Eloise Payet (Gold Coast).
Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia said they were delighted to secure this talented group of Queensland children to perform these important supporting roles for the Brisbane season of South Pacific.
"In fitting with the South Pacific story, the children needed to be of mixed race to represent offspring of a European Father and a Polynesian Mother. They also required skill in acting, dancing and had to be able to sing - in French! We are thrilled with the six youngsters selected to play these roles," said Terracini.
Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin' Like a Dame. Acclaimed opera star Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Australia's best loved and four time Gold Logie award-winning actress Lisa McCune lead the stellar cast as Emile de Becque and Nellie Forbush. With a cast of 40 and an orchestra twice the size of most musicals, this international hit and landmark production begins its five week season at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC on 27 December 2012.
SOUTH PACIFIC - CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
DIRECTOR – Bartlett Sher
MUSICAL STAGING – Christopher Gattelli
SET DESIGNER – Michael Yeargan
COSTUME DESIGNER – Catherine Zuber
SOUND DESIGNER – Scott Lehrer
MUSIC SUPERVISOR – Ted Sperling
MUSIC DIRECTOR – Andrew Greene
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Donald Holder
EMILE DE BECQUE – Teddy Tahu Rhodes
NELLIE FORBUSH – Lisa McCune
LUTHER BILLIS – Gyton Grantley
BLOODY MARY – Christine Anu
This production of South Pacific is based on the Lincoln Center Theater production first performed in New York on 1 March 2008.
BRISBANE PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Evenings at 7.30pm
PREVIEWS: December 27, 28, 29
OPENING NIGHT: January 2
January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26
Matinees: Wednesdays & Saturdays at 1.30pm
December 29; January 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26
Matinees: Tuesday at 1.30pm
Matinees: Sundays at 3pm (except Sunday 30 December & Sunday 6 January at 1pm & 6pm)
December 30; January 6, 13, 20, 27
Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, Cultural Centre South Bank 4101
BOOKINGS: www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.
Tickets from $79.90*
*Ticket price includes GST and Booking Fee. Please note transaction fees will apply