Today’s Art Talk Monday is from Jennifer Calloway of Ruston Community Theatre. Buy your tickets online here, or at the Box Office M/W from noon-2pm.
Beginning July 13th, Ruston Community Theatre continues its summer musical tradition with South Pacific, its seventh production of the Gale and Lucy Chumley Musical Theatre Series. James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of short stories, Tales of The South Pacific, is the basis for this musical set in French Polynesia during World War II. It explores the universal theme of intolerance. The original Broadway production won ten Tony Awards and was the only musical to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories. The 2008 Broadway revival ran for 996 performances and won seven Tonys—more than any musical revival in history.
Dee Alexander will, once again, handle directorial duties while Mary Watkins will serve as stage manager. Dusty Hampton and Kevin Beasley will handle sound and light design respectively. Also, enough cannot be said about Karen Pittman and her team, who are responsible for the almost seventy-five costumes needed.
Michael Swanbom, who plays the role of Lieutenant Cable and has been in several of RCT’s summer musicals says that his favorite part of being in any RCT production is “the fellowship with everyone working the show together.” However, he says, “My favorite part [of the show is] …the love song “Younger Than Springtime” that my character, Lt. Joseph Cable, sings to Liat, a young island girl that becomes his symbol of purity and good in his world of bloodshed and fear.
Russell Givens plays the role of the mature French plantation owner, Emile De Becque, in his debut with RCT. He says, “Two of the most challenging features of my role include the French accent …and… the vocal range of the music. I am a tenor and this role usually is cast for a bass. The show runs all emotions and there is something that will appeal to all who come to be entertained.”
Amy Beasley plays the role of Ensign Nellie Forbush, a spirited young nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas, who falls in love with Emile De Becque says that this is a “…very intense show (involving things such as war, racism, loneliness, and regret)…” but she thinks the audience will enjoy “…the healthy amount of humor [that] keeps it fun.” She also shares, “Our two male leads are phenomenal vocalists, but the men’s ensemble is just as amazing. I love listening to these guys!”
Production dates and times are Thursday, June 13th through Saturday, June 15th at 7:00 PM and Sunday, June 16th at 2:00 PM at The Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston. Ticket sales may be made in person at the Dixie between 12:00pm and 2:00pm, Friday, July 7th, Monday, July 10th, and Wednesday, July 12th. You may also purchase them online at http://mkt.com/RCTRuston.
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