Theatre Unlimited, BJSO collaborate on South Pacific

Theatre Unlimited Incorporated and the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra will be collaborating on their first musical with the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific in August. According to BJSO President Lynn Gustafson: “This is a wonderful way for the BJSO to initiate its 50th anniversary season. Theatre Unlimited has a wonderful reputation in our area for producing top-quality musicals, and the talent and experience of the BJSO staff and musicians will enhance what is already a top-notch performance.”

The musical is based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Tales From the South Pacific, and is set during World War II. It takes place on an island in the South Pacific, and is a love story between a nurse and French plantation owner Emile DeBecque. Janesville native Ken Church will be performing the role of Emile, and Anna Harris will be performing the role of nurse Nellie Forbush. Both are veteran performers with TUI, and Church has previously performed with the BJSO.

Theatre Unlimited cofounder Jim Tropp directs the show. Music is directed by Dr. Robert Tomaro, conductor of the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, vocal direction by Paul Nauer, and choreography by Susan Wixom of Susan’s School of Dance. According to Tropp: “TUI has been producing shows for 10 years, and the incorporation of the musicians from the BJSO and Rob as our music director will be excellent additions to this production. I am excited about this opportunity that allows both organizations to work cooperatively to produce affordable, quality entertainment for our communities.”

South Pacific will be performed on Aug. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17, 23 and 24. The performances will take place at the Edgerton Performing Arts Center, 200 Elm High Drive, Edgerton. Tickets are $16, and advance purchases are encouraged. Tickets are available at both Schuler’s locations in Janesville, Antique and Art Gallery in Edgerton, and Turtle Creek Bookstore and the BJSO office in Beloit.

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