South pacific

June 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 2013
Closes on a Saturday evening.
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein, II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener
Directed by: Linda Schneider

Considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals, South Pacific premiered in 1949. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and stage and film director, Joshua Logan, South Pacific won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950. In addition, the Broadway production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto, and is the only musical production ever to have won all four Tony Awards for acting. Logan, a World War II veteran, had read James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, and decided to adapt it. The musical explores the theme of racial prejudice in several ways. Nellie Forbush, an American nurse stationed at a U.S. naval base during World War II, falls in love with an expatriate French plantation owner, Emile de Becque, and struggles to accept Emile’s mixed-race children. A second romance concerns a U.S. lieutenant, Joe Cable, who falls in love with a young Asian woman, Liat, and struggles with the prejudice that he would face if he were to marry her. Several of its songs, including “Bali Ha’i”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Happy Talk”, “Younger Than Springtime” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”, have become popular standards. We invite you to travel with us to the South Pacific and visit Bali Ha’i – your own special island.

about the director

Linda Schneider has been involved in three previous productions of South Pacific – first appearing in the Sciota Northwestern High School’s production as Ngana, the 1980 Springfield Muni production as Ensign Janet McGregor, and in the 1988 Springfield Muni production as Nellie Forbush (acting opposite husband, Don, as Luther Billis).   She is thrilled to be at the helm of this journey to the South Pacific.  Linda has been involved in many TIP productions, including last season’s Father of the Bride, Bye Bye, Birdie and Lincoln and Shakespeare.  Other past Theatre in the Park productions include Quilters, The Spitfire Grill, ReUnion, John Brown’s Body, Heritage, Yearning to Breathe Free, Romeo and Juliet and Healin’ Home.  She also directed TIP’s 2007 production of Li’l Abner.  In addition to acting, Linda also sings in several local groups including Three’s Company, the Old Capitol Chorale, Heavenly Harmony, and Unity Church’s U4ia.  During the day, you can find Linda at SIU School of Medicine where she serves as the Emergency Medicine Residency Coordinator.  As always, she thanks husband and fellow actor, Don, for all his support and encouragement.


Ensign Nellie Forbush
Emile de Becque
Bloody Mary
Luther Billis
Lt. Joseph Cable
Capt. George Brackett
Cmdr. William Harbison
Lt. Buzz Adams
Lt. Genevieve Marshall
Ensign Dinah Murphy
Ensign Janet MacGregor


Becky Bertram
Brad Barnes
Elizabeth Bertram
Rayden Meyer
Karla Joell Butcher
Jacqueline K. Martin
Caleb Klauzer
Garth Whitehead
Greg Donathan
Andy Van De Voort
Dave Shaffer
Lucy Dalton-Lackie
Elizabeth Klauzer
Kristin Wheeler
Carrie Branson, Rachel Gross, Cynthia Higginson,
Kasey Norman, Deb Van De Voort
Dustin Bumgardner, Dale Mason, Cole Mitchell, Andrew Willmore

Staff listing for SOUTH PACIFIC:

Assistant Director
Vocal Director
Assistant Vocal Director
Music Director
Substitute Accompanist
Set Design
Stage Manager
Costume Design
Props Design Team
Hair and Make-Up Design

Linda Schneider
Randy Roller
Cindy Fuener
Elizabeth Klauzer
Mary Myers
Gina Thoele
Roger Streu
Jamie Impson
Greg Floyd
Josh Bertram
Debi Iams
Deborah Kerley and Deb Whitson
Carol Woodrum