Center Stage to Hold Open Auditions for ‘South Pacific: In Concert’

Audition at Southampton Cultural Center. Photo credit: Fuse/iStock/Thinkstock

Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center will hold open auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, on Sunday, January 24, and Monday, January 25, at 6 p.m. in Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts.

Auditions begin promptly at these times. Late arrivals will be seen at the discretion of the director. Readings from the script will occur.  Actors should prepare 32 bars of a musical theater standard.

Michael Disher directs. Amanda Borsack Jones musically directs.

Performances are March 3 through 20, 2016

Set on an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie.

This concert adaptation was created by David Ives for the Carnegie Hall benefit concert of South Pacific in 2006. The well-known hummable score includes: “I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” 

This is a non-union performance with no pay.

Roles include:

Nellie Forbush (Mezzo Middle C to C above Middle C) Perky, attractive, not so worldly wise ensign from Arkansas

Lt. Joseph Cable (Tenor E to high G, 25-30)
An extremely handsome and intelligent Lieutenant with a bright future in the US Navy.

US Marine Luther Billis (Baritone, comic role)
A lovable character who provides his fellow marines with much-needed comic relief. Does not respect authority. Enterprising, stubborn. Adores Nellie.

Bloody Mary (Mezzo, low G to high F, comedic)
Shrewd Polynesian merchant who makes a fortune off the sailors. Mother of Liat.

Liat (Non-singing, 16-20)
A beautiful Polynesian girl who steals the heart of Joe Cable. Bloody Mary’s daughter.

Ngana & Jerome (6-12)
Emile’s Polynesian children, sing and speak in French (one boy, one girl)

Henry (any age, French dialect)
Emile’s Polynesian servant, speaks French

Capt. George Bracket (40-60)
Commanding officer on the island. Slightly pompous but not without a soft side.

Cmdr. William Harbison (25 – 40)
Bracket’s right hand man. Can be hot-headed, especially when Billis is concerned.

PLUS, a large chorus of men and women to cover nurses, sailors, soldiers, etc. All vocal types needed.

Emile de Becque has been cast.

For further information, contact Michael Disher at [email protected]. Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Lane, Southampton Village.

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