Photo Flash: First Look at SOUTH PACIFIC at La Mirada Theatre
LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS & McCoy Rigby Entertainment present the fourth show of its 2017-2018 season (and the 40th anniversary of the iconic theatre) with
SOUTH PACIFIC, book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan (adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener), music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, with musical direction by Brent Crayon, choreography by Peggy Hickey and directed by Glenn Casale. SOUTH PACIFIC will preview on Friday, April 20, 2018 (with a press opening on Saturday, April 21 at 8pm) and run through Sunday, May 13, 2018 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.
Prepare yourself for some enchanted evening! Rodgers & Hammerstein's epic musical romance makes its La Mirada Theatre debut! Although well-known for its extraordinary score - "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "Bali Ha'i," "There is Nothin' Like A Dame," and "A Wonderful Guy" - SOUTH PACIFIC is also a deeply felt drama. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in a foreign culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949. Don't miss it here, in all its melodic glory!
Glenn Casale (Director) Broadway: Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby (Tony Award nomination Best Revival) which was filmed by A&E and garnered two Emmy Awards. Off-Broadway: The Property Known as Garland starring Adrienne Barbeau, and Dragapella at Studio 54 (Drama Desk Lucille Lortel Award nominations for Best Production). International: Disney's The Little Mermaid; Beauty and the Beast (Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and Russia) The Wiz, Regional: Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Ballroom; Camelot with Rachel York and Lou Diamond Phillips. Wrestlers starring Mark Harmon and George Clooney; Bingo! M, From the Top starring Carol Burnett. Los Angeles Ovation Award-winning Best Musical Anything Goes starring Rachel York, Brent Barrett, Sally Struthers and Fred Willard. Camelot starring Michael York, The Prisoner of Second Avenue with Jason Alexander; Television: ABC TV's "The Faculty" starring Meredith Baxter and "The Wayans Brothers".
Peggy Hickey (Choreographer) Broadway: Anastasia, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder (Astaire and Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Best Choreography, 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical); National Tour: A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder (Directed & Choreographed). Lincoln Center: My Fair Lady (NY Philharmonic), The Most Happy Fella, Lucky to Be Me, The Music Of Leonard Bernstein (New York City Opera); Selected Regional: Romy & Michele's High School Reunion (5th Avenue Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Hartford), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Old Globe), Carnival (Goodspeed), Oklahoma! (Paper Mill); Selected Opera: LA Opera (Wonderful Town), Washington Opera (Die Fledermaus), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein). Film: Woodshock, The Brady Bunch Movie (MTV Nomination, Best Choreography); Television: Hansel and Gretel (Live from Lincoln Center), Die Fledermaus (Live from The Kennedy Center), Beck's "The New Pollution" (MTV Award, Best Choreography), Hot in Cleveland, General Hospital (ABC), 90210 (The CW), The Days of Our Lives, Passions (NBC). www.peggyhickey.com
Brent Crayon (Musical Direction) has had the privilege to work with such notable artists as Stephen Schwartz, Daisy Prince, John Caird, Paul Gordon, Robert Longbottom, John Bucchino, and Richard Maltby, Jr.
Favorite theatrical productions include Dreamgirls in Tokyo, Japan, the West Coast premieres of First Date, Songs For a New World and Tick, Tick...BOOM!, as well as the world premiere productions of Stephen Schwartz's Snapshots, John Bucchino's It's Only Life, and Bubble Boy, The Musical. An accomplished and multi-faceted musician, Brent has been a featured soloist in ensembles throughout Southern California, including the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Ventura Chamber Orchestra. www.brentcrayon.com
The Cast of SOUTH PACIFIC will feature John Cudia as "Emile," Stephanie Wall as "Nellie," Jeff Skowron as "Luther," Jodi Kimura as "Bloody Mary," Matt Rosell as "Lt. Cable," Hajin Cho as "Liat," Araceli Prasarttongosoth as "Ngana," Lucas Jaye as "Jerome," Michael Rothhaar as "Captain Brackett," Brent Schindele as "Cmdr. Harbison," Marc Ginsburg as "Stewpot" and Shannon Stoeke as the "Professor." The Ensemble will feature (in alphabetical order) Kim Arnett, Brittany Bentley, Richard Bulda, Caitlyn Calfas, Justin Charles Cowden, Adam Lendermon, Carolyn Lupin, Dino Nicandros, Katie Perry, Jake Saenz, Brian Steven Shaw and Alissa Tucker.
The Design Team for SOUTH PACIFIC is as follows: Scenic Design by Robert Kovach; Lighting Design by Jared A. Sayeg; Sound Design by Julie Ferrin; Costume Design by Mary Folino; Hair/Wig/Makeup Design by Elizabeth Bohks. & Props Design by Walnut St. Theatre & Kevin Williams . Casting is by Julia Flores, and the Production Stage Manager is John W Calder III.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING
SOUTH PACIFIC will preview on Friday, April 20, 2018 (with a press opening on Saturday, April 21 at 8pm) and run through Sunday, May 13, 2018 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada.
Performances are Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 8:00pm;
Saturdays at 2:00pm & 8:00pm & Sundays at 2:00pm. There will be no performance on Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm.
There will be an Open-Captioned performance on Saturday, May 5 at 2pm and an ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, May 12 at 2pm. Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be on Wednesday, April 25 and Wednesday, May 9.
Tickets range from $20 - $70 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre's website, www.lamiradatheatre.com or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Student, Senior and group discounts are available. $15 Student Tickets available for the first 15 performances of the production.
LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue where the 91 and 5 freeways meet. Parking is free.
Photos by Michael Lamont/Austin Bauman