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Stepping Out

Foothill opens 'South Pacific' this week in Los Altos Hills


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Emile de Becque (Daniel Cameron) and Nellie Forbush (Madison Genovese) watch the sunset in “South Pacific.”

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “South Pacific” is scheduled to run Thursday through Aug. 10 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II is based on James A. Michener’s 1927 Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Tales of the South Pacific.” “South Pacific,” which opened on Broadway in 1949, is the only musical to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories.

It features such hits as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “There is Nothing Like a Dame,” “Bali Ha’i” and “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair.”

The play explores racism and captures the emotions of war.

The plot centers on an American nurse, Nellie Forbush, stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II. She falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate French plantation owner, Emile de Becque, but struggles to accept his mixed-race children.

A parallel plot line follows a young American GI who faces his own prejudices when he discovers love with a young Tonkinese girl.

Milissa Carey directs the Foothill production.

Behind the scenes, Carey receives support from Mark Hanson (music direction) and Michael Ryken (choreographer).

Madison Genovese stars as Nellie Forbush. Daniel Cameron portrays Emile de Becque after performing in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s “Postcard from Morocco. Sergey Khalikulov makes his Foothill Music Theatre debut in the role of Lt. Joseph Cable, after performing in several San Francisco Conservatory Opera Theatre productions. Jackie DeMuro, who has 20 years of experience as a Bay Area performer, plays the role of Bloody Mary.

The cast includes Los Altos Hills resident David Kirk.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$32; parking is $3.

For tickets and more information, call 949-7360 or visit foothillmusicals.com.

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