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Stepping Out

'South Pacific' closes Sunday at Smithwick


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Kazmiera Tarshis, Minna Rogers, Madison Genovese and Megan Coomans are happy-go-lucky nurses in Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “South Pacific,” closing Sunday.

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

Winner of 10 Tony Awards, the musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II is based on James A. Michener’s 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Tales of the South Pacific.”

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.

Madison Genovese stars as Nellie Forbush. Daniel Cameron portrays Emile de Becque, who performed in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s “Postcard from Morocco.” Sergey Khalikulov, a veteran of several San Francisco Conservatory Opera Theatre productions, makes his Foothill Music Theatre debut in the role of Lt. Joseph Cable. Jackie De Muro, 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. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10-$32; parking is $3.

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

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