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Theatre: South Pacific, Lexington Opera House
October 8, 2015 - October 11, 2015
Opera Lex and UK Opera Theatre present South Pacific at the Lexington Opera House from October 8 – 11.
Friday, October 9: 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 10: 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 11: 2 pm
“South Pacific is a musical based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific. Rodgers and Hammerstein believed that they could write a musical based on Michener’s work that would send a strong progressive message on racism. The plot centers on an American nurse stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II who falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate French plantation owner but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. A secondary romance, between a U.S. lieutenant and a young Tonkinese woman, explores his fears of the social consequences should he marry his Asian sweetheart. The issue of racial prejudice is candidly explored throughout the musical, most controversially in the lieutenant’s song, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”. Supporting characters, including a comic petty officer and the Tonkinese girl’s mother, help to tie the stories together.”