Barton Players set to stage first ever musical ... South Pacific

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall.
PICTURE: Andy Abbott

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall. PICTURE: Andy Abbott - Credit: Archant

The Barton Players are treading new ground this week with their first ever musical production.

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall.
The Nurses
Back Row – A

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall. The Nurses Back Row Alaska Tutthill, Amy Mitchell, Katie Wright, Carrie Wootton Front Row Lorna Podbury, Bec Powell PICTURE: Andy Abbott - Credit: Archant

They are performing “South Pacific” which is being staged at Great Barton Village Hall from Thursday through to Saturday

Set on a South Pacific island during the Second World War the story centres round Nellie Forbush, a young Navy nurse from Little Rock, who meets and falls in love with an older Frenchman Emile de Becque.

Emile is a planter and has lived on the island for 25 years. When he proposes to Nellie he confesses that he fled France because he killed a man, the town bully whom no one else would stand up to. Nellie is able to accept his explanation and promises to consider Emile’s marriage proposal.

Also stationed on the island is a group of restless sailors, Seabees and marines who are bored and sorely in need of female companionship. Souvenir collecting is about the only active pastime and has developed into a healthy competitive marketing war between Seabee Luther Billis and Bloody Mary the local Tonkinese dealer.

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall.
PICTURE: Andy Abbott

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall. PICTURE: Andy Abbott - Credit: Archant


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Lieutenant Joseph Cable is a handsome young Marine who arrives with an assignment to persuade de Becque, who is familiar with the nearby islands, to accompany him on a secret mission.

Meanwhile Luther Billis has a mission of his own to get to the mysterious and forbidden island of Bali Ha’i. He convinces Lieutenant Cable to lead a pleasure-seeking expedition there.

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On the island Bloody Mary introduces Cable to her beautiful daughter Liat and the Lieutenant falls in love with her.

The show is directed and produced by Caroline Ranson who said she is “very excited” about the Players first musical.

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall.
PICTURE: Andy Abbott

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall. PICTURE: Andy Abbott - Credit: Archant

To obtain tickets go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/22486

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall.
Katie Wright – Nellie Forb

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall. Katie Wright Nellie Forbush Derek Bourke Emile De-Beque PICTURE: Andy Abbott - Credit: Archant

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall.
PICTURE: Andy Abbott

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall. PICTURE: Andy Abbott - Credit: Archant

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall.
PICTURE: Andy Abbott

The Barton Players present South Pacific at Great Barton Village Hall. PICTURE: Andy Abbott - Credit: Archant

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