Paradise, NC: South Pacific Plays Raleigh April 29-May 7

News   Paradise, NC: South Pacific Plays Raleigh April 29-May 7 Kate Baldwin and James Van Treuren are Nellie and Emile in North Carolina Theatre's new production of South Pacific, April 29-May 7 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

Baldwin, recently of Broadway's Wonderful Town, was a Helen Hayes Award nominee for playing spunky nurse Nellie Forbush in Arena Stage's revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Van Treuren's credits include Broadway's The Scarlet Pimpernel.

"During World War II on an island paradise, Nellie Forbush, a naval nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with an older French plantation owner, Emile de Becque," according to NCT notes about the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. "At the same time, Lieutenant Joe Cable of the U.S. Marine Corps seizes the opportunity to go to the island of Bali Ha'i where he meets Bloody Mary, a native souvenir dealer who introduces Cable to her daughter, Liat. Both couples become involved in war-time romances that are interrupted by racial intolerance and violence. Throughout South Pacific, recurring themes of love, war and prejudice are revealed in this classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical."

Matt Lenz directs, Michele Lynch choreographs and Eddie Robinson is music director.

The cast includes Maggie Anderson, Anne-Caitlen Donohue, Tony Falcon, Rayanne Gonzales as Blood Mary, John Arthur Greene, Jenny Gulley, Robert Kaufman, Howard Kaye as Luther Billis, Brandy Kettisack as Liat, Joe Langworth, J. Edward Lucas, Tim Maculan as Brackett, Michael Mason, Rick Meadows as Harbison, Danea Polise, Michelle Pruiett, Noah Putterman, Nicholas Rodriguez as Joe Cable, Kristi Romero as Ngana, Dale Sanders as Henry, Sunny Smith, Karthik Sundaram as Jerome, Rachel Shugarman, Charlie Williams, Nikol Wolf and Lauren Zapko.

For tickets call the NCT box office at (919) 831-6950 or Ticketmaster at (919) 834-4000, or visit www.nctheatre.com.

From Left: Lauren Zapko, Kate Baldwin and Sunny Smith.
From Left: Lauren Zapko, Kate Baldwin and Sunny Smith. Photo by Curtis Brown Photography