Class of 2017 to present ‘South Pa­cific’

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CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge SouthDorch­ester High School Class of 2017 will present “South Pa­cific” as their se­nior class play be­gin­ning Thurs­day, March 9.

There will be five per­for­mances: 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, March 9, and Fri­day, March 10; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Satur­day, March 11; and 3 p.m. on Sun­day, March 12. Tick­ets to the show will be $10 each.

“South Pa­cific” is a mu­si­cal based on the 1947 book “Tales from the South Pa­cific” by James A. Mich­ener, and the cen­tral plot fol­lows the pro­gres­sion of two sep­a­rate love sto­ries.

The lead char­ac­ter, Nel­lie, is an Amer­i­can nurse sta­tioned on a South Pa­cific is­land dur­ing World War II, por­trayed by Cam­bridge-SD se­nior Sarah Gil­bert­sen.

“I’m ver y ex­cited for the dances” Gil­bert­sen said. “I’ve re­ally liked hang­ing out with the whole cast and get­ting closer with ev­ery­body. I’m ex­cited for the show in gen­eral.”

Se­nior Mitchell McDon­ald will por­tray Lt. Joseph Ca­ble, a young Marine of­fi­cer on a spy mis­sion to the is­land.

“I’m ex­cited be­cause we have a lot of funny scenes,” McDon­ald said. “We’ve bonded as a group, and we know when some­thing (a funny scene) is com­ing. We smile back­stage wait­ing for it. The whole process is a bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the cast, plus it means the end of the year is com­ing, and we’re about to get out of high school.”

Cur­rent the­atre teacher Mike James and for­mer the­atre teacher Donna James are di­rect­ing the pro­duc­tion. The mother-son team has been di­rect­ing the se­nior class play each year since 1985.

“Pro­duc­tion is go­ing great so far,” Mike James said. “Every­thing is go­ing to schedule. This class is ex­tremely en­thu­si­as­tic and good to work with.”

“It’s a Rogers and Ham­mer­stein clas­sic,” Donna James said. “The mu­sic is re­ally good, toe-tap­ping mu­sic.”

Both di­rec­tors en­sured the play has some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy. It has com­edy, drama, ro­mance, and a lit­tle ac­tion, they said.


The cast of Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School’s Class of 2017 pro­duc­tion of “South Pa­cific.”

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