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South Pacific


September 1 - September 15


Riverside Center for the performing Arts


Riverside Center for the Performing Arts
95 Riverside Pkwy
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406 United States
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(540) 370-4300


Riverside is thrilled to celebrate the 70th anniversary of South Pacific. 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 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.

Producing Artistic Director, Patrick A’Hearn is pleased to announce a stellar cast being led by world renowned opera singer Branch Fields as Emile De Becque and Kate Marshall as Ensign Nellie Forbush. Fields, who has sung with multiple opera companies made his Broadway debut in South Pacific, understudying the role of Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center Theater production. Marshall is reprising the role of Ensign Nellie Forbush which she played at the Arizona Broadway Theater in 2018. The cast also includes Riverside favorite Kadejah Oné (Bloody Mary), Joey Birchler (Lt. Cable), Alan Hoffman (Luther Billis), local favorite Robert John Biedermann (Captain Brackett), Sally Roehl (Liat), Ian Lane (Cd. Harbison), Raina Chan (Ngana) and Silas Iem (Jerome). The ensemble includes Adelyne Anderson, Elizabeth C. Butler, Kevin Cleary, Cody Hall, Andrea Kahane, Shana Lambert, Colby LeRoy, Katie Little, Erica Morchower, Wilson Pezzuto, Andrew Prowant, C. Alexander Smith, Theron Smith, and Stephanie Wood.
The creative team is led by director and choreographer, Penny Ayn Maas and Music directed by Angela Donadio. The scenic design by Frank Foster, lighting design by Michael Jarett and Costumes designed by Kyna Chilcot. Sound design by Billy Timms and properties master & set dresser Bridgid K. Burge. Our creative team is complete with the production stage manager, Jessica Dotson.

For tickets, contact the Box Office at (540) 370-4300 or go online at Regular price tickets: $48-$72. Discounted senior and group rates are available, as well as student rush tickets (with valid student ID).

Show runs from July 24 – September 15

Wednesday Matinees
11:30am: Dinner & Show Arrival
1:00pm: Show Only Arrival
1:30pm: Performance Start

Thurs. – Sat. Evenings
5:30pm: Dinner & Show Arrival
7:00pm: Show Only Arrival
7:30pm: Performance Start

Sunday Matinees
1:00pm: Dinner & Show Arrival
2:30pm: Show Only Arrival
3:00pm: Performance Start