Theatre Ancaster’s South Pacific is magical

News Nov 06, 2009 Ancaster News

Great music and great fun is just part of South Pacific’s magic. The show certainly guarantees a “hundred and one pounds of fun” with Tammy Hughes, its delightful leading lady, and her comic sidekick, Luther Billis, disguised in coconuts and a grass skirt as the ravishing Honey Bun. But it also has two incredible love stories, both tender and moving, in which sacrifice and love triumph over prejudice.

South Pacific broke new ground with its inter-racial romance stories back in 1949, and its attitudes of acceptance and inclusion still resonate today. The story is important and memorable, but it’s the music for which South Pacific is most beloved.

“There is just the right mixture of melodic line, and clever words, with a few unexpected musical happenings,” said Russ Weil, music director and orchestra leader for Theatre Ancaster’s South Pacific.

“Sixty years young and they still sound great.”

The story and songs are a key part of the magic the audience will enjoy in the dynamite show, but there is still more to a really memorable night of theatre.

Sets, sound, lighting, costumes and props are being readied, and 20 great musicians in the orchestra pit are turning up.

Sets designed by Allison Osterman and executed by Harvey Elms and his crew are continuing their long journey toward full completion, while Randy Osatchuk and a group of talented art students create a backdrop in the style of the famous painter of the South Pacific, Gaugin.

“It’s wonderful how the magic happens,” said Al Croxall, South Pacific director and long-time creator himself of memorable show experiences.

“One day we have a white backdrop, and the next, we have a south sea island scene in rich, full colour. Of course, there are many long hours of planning before the magic happens. We are lucky to have such talented people working with us to create in this community.”

South Pacific opens Nov. 20 at 8 p. m. Tickets are available by calling 905-304-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the box office weekday evenings between 6 and 8:00 p. m. in the West Wing foyer at Ancaster High School, 374 Jerseyville Rd. W. at Meadowbrook. Adults $25. Seniors $20.

Children and students $10. Evening performances follow the opening on Nov. 21, 27, 28 and Dec. 4 and 5 all at 8 p. m.

Two matinees will be held Sundays, Nov. 22 and 29 at 2 p. m. Visit theatreancaster.com for more information.

Theatre Ancaster’s South Pacific is magical

News Nov 06, 2009 Ancaster News

Great music and great fun is just part of South Pacific’s magic. The show certainly guarantees a “hundred and one pounds of fun” with Tammy Hughes, its delightful leading lady, and her comic sidekick, Luther Billis, disguised in coconuts and a grass skirt as the ravishing Honey Bun. But it also has two incredible love stories, both tender and moving, in which sacrifice and love triumph over prejudice.

South Pacific broke new ground with its inter-racial romance stories back in 1949, and its attitudes of acceptance and inclusion still resonate today. The story is important and memorable, but it’s the music for which South Pacific is most beloved.

“There is just the right mixture of melodic line, and clever words, with a few unexpected musical happenings,” said Russ Weil, music director and orchestra leader for Theatre Ancaster’s South Pacific.

“Sixty years young and they still sound great.”

The story and songs are a key part of the magic the audience will enjoy in the dynamite show, but there is still more to a really memorable night of theatre.

Sets, sound, lighting, costumes and props are being readied, and 20 great musicians in the orchestra pit are turning up.

Sets designed by Allison Osterman and executed by Harvey Elms and his crew are continuing their long journey toward full completion, while Randy Osatchuk and a group of talented art students create a backdrop in the style of the famous painter of the South Pacific, Gaugin.

“It’s wonderful how the magic happens,” said Al Croxall, South Pacific director and long-time creator himself of memorable show experiences.

“One day we have a white backdrop, and the next, we have a south sea island scene in rich, full colour. Of course, there are many long hours of planning before the magic happens. We are lucky to have such talented people working with us to create in this community.”

South Pacific opens Nov. 20 at 8 p. m. Tickets are available by calling 905-304-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the box office weekday evenings between 6 and 8:00 p. m. in the West Wing foyer at Ancaster High School, 374 Jerseyville Rd. W. at Meadowbrook. Adults $25. Seniors $20.

Children and students $10. Evening performances follow the opening on Nov. 21, 27, 28 and Dec. 4 and 5 all at 8 p. m.

Two matinees will be held Sundays, Nov. 22 and 29 at 2 p. m. Visit theatreancaster.com for more information.

Theatre Ancaster’s South Pacific is magical

News Nov 06, 2009 Ancaster News

Great music and great fun is just part of South Pacific’s magic. The show certainly guarantees a “hundred and one pounds of fun” with Tammy Hughes, its delightful leading lady, and her comic sidekick, Luther Billis, disguised in coconuts and a grass skirt as the ravishing Honey Bun. But it also has two incredible love stories, both tender and moving, in which sacrifice and love triumph over prejudice.

South Pacific broke new ground with its inter-racial romance stories back in 1949, and its attitudes of acceptance and inclusion still resonate today. The story is important and memorable, but it’s the music for which South Pacific is most beloved.

“There is just the right mixture of melodic line, and clever words, with a few unexpected musical happenings,” said Russ Weil, music director and orchestra leader for Theatre Ancaster’s South Pacific.

“Sixty years young and they still sound great.”

The story and songs are a key part of the magic the audience will enjoy in the dynamite show, but there is still more to a really memorable night of theatre.

Sets, sound, lighting, costumes and props are being readied, and 20 great musicians in the orchestra pit are turning up.

Sets designed by Allison Osterman and executed by Harvey Elms and his crew are continuing their long journey toward full completion, while Randy Osatchuk and a group of talented art students create a backdrop in the style of the famous painter of the South Pacific, Gaugin.

“It’s wonderful how the magic happens,” said Al Croxall, South Pacific director and long-time creator himself of memorable show experiences.

“One day we have a white backdrop, and the next, we have a south sea island scene in rich, full colour. Of course, there are many long hours of planning before the magic happens. We are lucky to have such talented people working with us to create in this community.”

South Pacific opens Nov. 20 at 8 p. m. Tickets are available by calling 905-304-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the box office weekday evenings between 6 and 8:00 p. m. in the West Wing foyer at Ancaster High School, 374 Jerseyville Rd. W. at Meadowbrook. Adults $25. Seniors $20.

Children and students $10. Evening performances follow the opening on Nov. 21, 27, 28 and Dec. 4 and 5 all at 8 p. m.

Two matinees will be held Sundays, Nov. 22 and 29 at 2 p. m. Visit theatreancaster.com for more information.