50 years ago a small group of Forest Grove theatre enthusiasts decided to mount a full-scale musical right here in our small town… and Theatre in the Grove was born.
Theatre in the Grove is thrilled to open our 50th season with the musical that started it all, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s immortal SOUTH PACIFIC, based on James Michener’s Pulitzer prize winning novel TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC. This production is directed by Zachary Centers, with musical direction by Michelle Bahr and choreography by Jeananne Kelsey.
Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Based on the anecdotes of a real-life U.S. Navy commander who was stationed on an island, the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner on the island who has two children from his late Polynesian wife; at the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls for a beautiful island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile their own cultural prejudices with their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s brilliant score include such unforgettable songs as There Is Nothing Like a Dame, Bali Ha’i, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,
Happy Talk, Honey Bun and Some Enchanted Evening.
Performance Schedule: October 11 – 27, 2019
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors (60 and over) and youths (17 and under).
The box office is open on Wednesdays 11a.m. to 1 p.m. and one hour before each performance.