Thomasville City Schools Drama Program (TCSDP) has its eyes set on even greater achievements after their 1-AA State Championship One Act performance. With the weight of repeating success on their shoulders, several seniors plan to impress Thomasville with a classic, yet controversial musical, South Pacific on March 18-19 at 7:00 p.m. in the MacIntyre Auditorium.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s South Pacific has truly left a huge impact on the 20th century in several ways. It exposes several concepts and issues during World War ll about love, racism, and independence to tell a very “touching” story that premiered on Broadway in 1949, running for approximately 2,000 performances.
TCSDP Director Casey Dyksterhouse gave her own insight on the ideas that South Pacific acknowledges, “I think that we as a nation and community have come so far, that it is time for a wake-up call … what better way than something so artistic but meaningful.”
For Dyksterhouse and cast members, this play is way more than winning a trophy and medals. In fact, the cast members sense a need to fulfill the expectations from their past state championship as well as those that South Pacific demands. For seniors, as well as underclassmen, this spring premiere of South Pacific will be the most important play on their high school drama resumé.
In recent rehearsals, senior India Jane Grimsley has shown very high levels of versatility as an actor with her huge character shifts from “Into the Woods” to South Pacific. Once a baker’s wife that longed for excitement and adventure in “Into the Woods” only weeks ago; Grimsley will now be playing a very fun, attractive, leading female role as Nellie Ferbush.
Walt Tucker plays lead opposite Grimsley in the role of Emile de Becque. He cherishes the ideas of the musical combined with such a great opportunity to display his singing abilities. Tucker is pursuing theater at the college level, and playing the lead is a huge opportunity for his future.
Tucker commented on the fact that his last premiere is finally upon him, “I’m quite certain that our final performances will leave no one in the program with a dry eye.”
The entire cast includes: Ensign Nellie Forbush, India Jane Grimsley; Emile de Becque, Walter Tucker; Ngana, Mercedes Jenkins; Jerome, Emmanuel Mitchell; Bloody Mary, Cameren Rogers; Liat, Meredith Pearce; Bloody Mary’s Assistant, Jala Walker; Luther Billis, Jacob Rieber; Stewpot, Robert Gloster; Professor, Matthew Cline; Lt. Joseph Cable, David Souders; Capt. George Brackett, Marc Cramer; Cmdr. Will Harbison, Matthew Whetsell; Lt. Buzz Adams/Ensemble, Ben Thomas; Quale/Ensemble, Hunter yarbrough; Adam McCaffrey/Ensemble, Zack Artz; Ensign Dinah Murphy/Nurse MacGregor, Allison Wheeler.
Girls Ensemble: Kate Howe, Ansley Renfroe, Chae’lla Coles, Allison Wheeler, Kelly Long, Hannah Ouzts, Morgan Waters, Mackenzie Miles, Holly Rumble, Tristen Logue, Jala Walker, Mallory Singletary, Miranda Roberson, Morgan Savatgy, Emily Dixon, Nelia Lovvorn and Emma Bosman. Boys Ensemble: Sebastian James, Robert Gloster, Zack Artz, Jax Hodge, Hunter Yarbrough, Carl Blackmore, Matthew Cline, Elijah Winterbottom, Ben Thomas and Jacob Rieber.