QAC brings South Pacific to the stage this fall

The Quebec Art Company has chosen the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic South Pacific for its fall musical production.  Drawn from James Michener’s novel Tales of the South Pacific, the play is set on a tropical island during World War II where American forces have been based in response to the escalating war against Japan.  The mix of sailors, nurses, French plantation owners and the local Polynesian population provides the necessary ingredients for the development of parallel love stories.  While initially light-hearted in nature, the play eventually focuses on issues of racism and tolerance – issues of great importance in the aftermath of the war and still relevant today.The play was first brought to Broadway in 1949 and ran there for over five years – one of the longest running plays of its time.  It won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for drama as well as 10 Tony awards, and is considered by some to be one of the greatest musicals of all time.  The show will be directed by Cheryl Rimmer, a QAC  veteran, but new faces will be involved on the musical side.  Laura Palladino will take on the responsibilities of musical direction while Bill Russell will provide the instrumental accompaniment.   Auditions for the play will be held at 1:30 this Sunday, August 30, at Carter Hall (The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 rue des Jardins in Old Québec).  Interested people can call Cheryl at 418-881-4090 for further information. Show dates are tentatively set for December 3-6.