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Search for talented children to star in nationwide tour of South Pacific at New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Posted: 09 May 2012
Search for talented children to star in nationwide tour of South Pacific at New Victoria Theatre, Woking


Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury

The Ambassador Theatre Group is giving young children throughout the country the chance to star in the most acclaimed production ever of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s lavish musical South Pacific, currently on a nationwide tour. 

The roles needing to be played by local children on tour are Ngana and Jerome, the illegitimate children of Emile de Becque.  Ngana (female) and Jerome (male) would need to be of a playing age between 7 and 11 years, black, mixed-raced Caucasian/black or similar dark skin tone, with some singing and movement skills.  The producers also need to find a female child to play Bloody Mary’s native helper, who would have the same skills and appearance as, and understudy both the roles of, Ngana and Jerome.

To audition for any of the three roles for the performances of South Pacific at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, from Tuesday 10 July – Saturday 21 July, people need to send an email with name, photograph, age and contact details to jo.hawes@virgin.net to arrange an audition, which will take place in Woking in the week of 14 May 2012.

Bartlett Sher’s hailed production of South Pacific reinvented the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and played to sold-out houses on Broadway for two years. This was the first Broadway production the Rodgers & Hammerstein Estate had allowed to be staged since the musical originally opened in 1949 and ran for almost five years. Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Bali Ha’i, I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, Younger than Springtime, Happy Talk and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.

Set on a tropical island during World War II, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples, threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an unfamiliar culture in wartime remains as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences.

Featuring a cast and live orchestra of 50, this is a ravishing and breathtaking production, which is brought to the UK by the entire Lincoln Center creative team, led by director Bartlett Sher, with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer, musical supervision by Ted Sperling and original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical direction will be by Jae Alexander.

The Lincoln Center Theater production of South Pacific is produced at the Barbican Theatre and on tour by Bob Boyett, Bob Bartner, Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, and Genesius Theatrical Productions in association with Promenade Productions.

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