South Pacific – Upcoming QAC Play Reflects Remembrance Day Themes

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QAC's fall musical, South Pacific, comes to the stage December 3-6

The Quebec Art Company is bringing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific to the stage this fall.  Set on an Indo-pacific island in the midst of WWII, the stories and themes echo many things that are being remembered this week as Canada celebrates Remembrance Day.  From the more humorous deprivations of lonely sailors (“There’s nothing like a dame”) to the more serious loss of young lives, we are well reminded here of the costs of war and the sacrifices made by our servicemen and servicewomen. Based on James Mitchner’s first novel Tales of the South Pacific, the play combines elements of several stories and revolves around parallel love affairs involving two young military personnel, a navy nurse and a marine lieutenant, who each fall in love with members of the local community.  Spiced with many moments of music, dance and humor, this work does not, however, try to avoid darker aspects of military conflicts, including the loss of love and life, attitudes toward other people, and the ennui of everyday life behind the battlelines. 

Under the director of Cheryl Rimmer, a cast and crew of over 30 people, QAC regulars and newcomers alike, are working hard to recreate the ambiance of the time, including the joie-de-vivre of time spent in an exotic land (“Bali ha’i”) and the sadness of loss (“This nearly was mine”).  Rehearsals have been underway since September, and the public will have the chance to see the fruits of these labors in just a few short weeks. Performances of South Pacific will run December 3-6 at the Holland Elementary School. Reservations can be made at 418-254-6552, and further information can be found at www.quebecartcompany.com.