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Beef & Boards presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's World War II-era musical South Pacific

by Patricia Rettig
August 20, 2015
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
9301 N. Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268
317-872-9664
Get swept away to an exotic tropical paradise in Rodgers & Hammerstein's 10-time Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific. Now on stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre through Oct. 4, this show proves all things are not always fair when it comes to love and war.

Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, has been stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II, where she meets a dashing Frenchman, Emile de Becque. Nellie is seduced by his charms as he sings the famous romantic ballad "Some Enchanted Evening." But when she learns more about him and starts to doubt their future together, she and the other nurses declare "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair." Meanwhile, the restless sailors long for some affection of their own with the rousing "There is Nothin' Like a Dame." Ultimately, Nellie realizes her true feelings for Emile: "I'm In Love with a Wonderful Guy."

While 2015 marks 70 years since the end of World War II, South Pacific continues to remain relevant. Revolutionary for its time (opening on Broadway just four years after the war ended), it does not shy away from topics still making headlines today, including both war and prejudice ("You Must Be Carefully Taught"). Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener, this show is more than simply a musical romance in a beautiful setting. Rodgers and Hammerstein have incorporated real-world issues and how they impact our own lives.

Deb Wims reprises her role as Nellie Forbush in this production, which also sees the return of Jeff Stockberger as Luther Billis and Cynthia Thomas as Bloody Mary. Newcomer Robert Wilde plays French plantation owner Emile de Becque.

South Pacific is on stage for 49 performances through Oct. 4 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $40 to $65 and include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet, prepared in-house for each performance, and select beverages. Parking is always free.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317.872.9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Discounts are available to groups of 20 or more; contact the Group Sales Department for more details.

For more information, including complete show schedule, visit beefandboards.com. South Pacific is sponsored in part by The National Bank of Indianapolis.

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indiana's only year-round professional dinner theatre,has been serving up exceptional entertainment since 1973.

Fact Sheet

WHAT: South Pacific
Based on the novel "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

WHEN: Aug. 20 – Oct. 4, 2015

Weekday/Saturday Evenings
Doors open at 6 p.m.; Buffet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8 p.m.
August: 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
September: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29
October: 1, 2, 3

Weekday Matinees
Doors open at 11 a.m.; Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Show at 1 p.m.
August: 26
September: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October: 1

Sunday Evenings
Doors open at 5 p.m.; Buffet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Show at 7 p.m.
August: 23, 30
September: 13, 20, 27

Saturday/Sunday Matinees
Doors open at noon; Buffet from 12:15 to 1 p.m.; Show at 1:30 p.m.
August: 23, 30
September: 6, 13, 20, 27
October: 4

WHO:

Director: Elizabeth Stark Choreographer: Ron Morgan
Musical Director: Kristy Templet Costume Design: Jill Kelly
Set Design: Michael Layton Lighting Design: Ryan Koharchik

Starring:
Deb Wims - Nellie Forbush
Robert Wilde - Emile de Becque
Cynthia Thomas - Bloody Mary Mickey Rafalski - Lt. Joseph Cable
Jeff Stockberger - Luther Billis Arianne Villareal - Liat
Aaron Choi - Stewpot
A.J. Morrison - Professor
Doug King - Lt. Buzz Adams Craig Underwood - Seabee
Sam McKanney - Seabee Adam O. Crowe - Cmdr. Harrison/Seabee
Bob Payne - Captain Brackett
Sally Scharbrough - Janet MacGregor
Amanda Lehman - Diane Murphy Amy Owens - Pam Whitmore
Anna Lee Traeger - Sue Yeager Anjali Rooney - Ngana
Ian Gamble - Jerome

WHERE: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
9301 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, 46268

TICKETS: Available by calling the Box Office at 317.872.9664 between 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Tickets range from $40 to $65 and include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet, fruit & salad bar, and select beverages. Group rates available.

WEB SITE: For more information or show schedule, visit beefandboards.com
Bloody Mary (Cynthia Thomas) sings 'Happy Talk' to Lt. Joseph Cable (Mickey Rafalski) and Liat (Arianne Villareal) in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's production of South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is now on stage through Oct. 4. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet.

Bloody Mary (Cynthia Thomas) sings "Happy Talk" to Lt. Joseph Cable (Mickey Rafalski) and Liat (Arianne Villareal) in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's production of South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is now on stage through Oct. 4. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet.


The Seabees admire the exercising nurses during 'There is Nothing Like A Dame' in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's production of South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is now on stage through Oct. 4. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet.

The Seabees admire the exercising nurses during "There is Nothing Like A Dame" in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's production of South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is now on stage through Oct. 4. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet.


Emile de Becque (Robert Wilde) holds Nellie (Deb Wims) as he sings the iconic 'Some Enchanted Evening' in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's production of South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is now on stage through Oct. 4. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet.

Emile de Becque (Robert Wilde) holds Nellie (Deb Wims) as he sings the iconic "Some Enchanted Evening" in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's production of South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is now on stage through Oct. 4. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet.


Nellie (Deb Wims), center, sings 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair' with the nurses in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's production of South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is now on stage through Oct. 4. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet.

Nellie (Deb Wims), center, sings "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" with the nurses in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's production of South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is now on stage through Oct. 4. Tickets include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet.

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