CSD class of 2017 to present ‘South Pacific’
CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge South-Dorchester High School class of 2017 is presenting “South Pacific” as its senior class.
Following its 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, opening, performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. “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 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 very excited for the dances” Gilbertsen said. “I’ve really liked hanging out with the whole cast and getting closer with ever ybody. 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 theater teacher Mike James and former theater 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” is pictured.