‘South Pacific’ auditions May 14-15

The summer musical will be staged at the Boykin Center in July

Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.


If you’re interested in participating in this year’s annual summer community musical production of “South Pacific,” make plans to attend auditions on May 14-15.

The Arts Council of Wilson and Barton College are teaming up for this year’s show at the Boykin Center.

The production will be produced by Adam Twiss, with choreography by Trish Bradshaw and stage/musical direction by Caleb Skinner.

Auditions for grades K-5 are 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on May 14-15 at the Boykin Cener. Auditions are 6:30 to 9 p.m. for all other actors. Callbacks are May 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.

“South Pacific” is a Rogers and Hammerstein “South Pacific” is an iconic piece of American theater that debuted in 1949 on Broadway. It is set in the South Pacific during World War II and intertwines the themes of romance, duty and prejudice. Songs from the show include “Bali Ha’i,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “There is No thing Like a Dame.”

Take a head shot to auditions and be prepared to sing and dance (dress comfortably). Music will be taught during the auditions, but familiarization with the score is always encouraged. There are roles available for performers of all ages. 

The cast of characters with vocal ranges is listed below:

Nellie Forbush (a young U.S. Navy nurse) — mezzo-soprano;

Emile de Becque (a middle-aged expatriate French planter) — baritone;

Lt. Joseph Cable (a young Marine officer) — tenor;

Liat (a young Tonkinese woman) — spoken role;

Bloody Mary (Liat’s mother; an island wheeler-dealer) — mezzo-soprano;

Seabee Luther Billis (an entrepreneurial sailor) — baritone;

Ngana (Emile’s young daughter) — girl soprano;

Jerome (Emile’s young son) — boy treble; 

Capt. George Brackett (military commander of the island) — spoken role;

Cmdr. William Harbison (Brackett’s executive officer) — spoken role.

There is a large chorus consisting of nurses, Marines and islanders with opportunities for spoken dialogue and solos.

The show dates for this production will be July 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and July 22 at 3 p.m. at the Boykin Center. Tickets will go on sale in June. If you have any questions, contact the Arts Council of Wilson at 252-291-4329.