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‘South Pacific’ Comes to ONU Stage

Aug 8, 2008

Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” Performances begin Thursday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m., with subsequent shows Friday, Aug. 29, and Saturday, Aug. 30, both at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 31, at 2.p.m. The second showing will begin Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m., followed by performances Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.

South PacificSet on an island in the South Pacific during World War II, two love stories are threatened by the dangers of war and prejudice in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s delightful classic “South Pacific”. The production features show-stopping musical numbers “Bali Ha’i,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” and “Younger Than Springtime.”

“South Pacific” opens the Freed Center’s 18th season. Cassie Rea, sophomore communication arts major from Westerville, Ohio, plays Nellie Forbush, while Matt Zimmerman, senior political science major from Sidney, Ohio, portrays Lt. Joe Cable. Rounding out the lead roles are local actors ONU faculty member Lance Ashmore (“Emile de Becque”) of Cygnet, Ohio; Lucy Anders (“Liat”) of Findlay, Ohio; and ONU alumnus Sam Brautigam, (“Capt. George Brackett”) of New Bremen, Ohio.

Additional cast members include Michael Bizzaro, Port Allegany, Pa.; Chris Chiles, St. Marys, Ohio; Kevin Dmytryka, Toledo, Ohio; Kara Dombrowski, Brecksville, Ohio; Trent Dorner, Perrysburg, Ohio; Kevin Doyle, Delaware, Ohio; Michael Doyle, Delaware, Ohio; Molly Howard, Coudersport, Pa., Kendra Keegan, Vickery, Ohio; Sydney Kuhlman, Ada, Ohio; Stephen McIntosh, Cincinnati, Ohio; Anna McLaughlin, Oregon, Ohio; Patrick Mullen, Tiffin, Ohio; Ariana Oliver, Ada, Ohio; Landon Oliver, Ada, Ohio; Taryn Pramuk, West Chester, Ohio; Kyle Roby, Bluffton, Ohio; Heather Scholl, Batavia, Ohio; Eric Smith, Toledo, Ohio; Tim Smith, Westerville, Ohio; Christina Wenning, St. Marys, Ohio; Valerie Witherspoon, Hudson, Ohio; and Garrett Young, Huntsville, Ohio.

“South Pacific” is directed by Renee Dobson, along with associate director Kirsten Osbun Manley.  Costumes are designed by Cathy Smalley, Freed Center costumer, and lighting is by Kathleen E. DeVault, resident lighting and sound designer.

Ticket sales begin Monday, Aug. 11. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens, and $9 for children 12 and under. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling (419) 772-1900. Tickets also may be purchased at