CSD class of 2017 to present ‘South Pa­cific’

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @vic­to­ri­adorstar and on In­sta­gram @dorch­ester.star.

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.

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