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South Pacific (Musical)

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 Reuben Albaugh

Musical Direction by  Ben Wedler

June 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2016

SPECIAL Sunday Matinee- June 26th!

Menu

Dinner Rolls and Butter
Broccoli Crunch Salad
Pork Cutlet with Caper Sauce
Scalloped Potatoes
Caribbean Blend Vegetables
Lemon Cake

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lieutenant Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission in which lives are lost, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

Winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto. Also, the 1950 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama. Featuring such unforgettable Rodger and Hammerstein hits like “Some Enchanted Evening”, “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame”, “Bali Ha’i”, “I’m Gonna’ Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” and “Younger Than Springtime” among many others.

This is the ultimate modern blending of music and popular theatre to date, with the finest kind of balance between story and song, and hilarity and heartbreak.” –William Hawkins, New York World-Telegram

Few Broadway musicals can match the songs of South Pacific for their beguiling tunes and meaningful lyrics. Whether addressing such varied subjects as love at first sight, race prejudice or lost possibilities, they speak a rare yet simple language.” –Los Angeles Times

Produced through special arrangement with
 The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization

Actor Bios

ERIN BEAN (Dinah Murphy) is delighted to be making her Arena Dinner Theatre debut!  Some of her favorite roles have been Lucy Van Pelt in FPT’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Dance Captain/Ensemble in the Civic’s White Christmas and Lootie in All for One’s The Princess and the Goblin.  Erin has been an elementary music teacher in the Fort Wayne area for the past 10 years, currently teaching at Heritage Elementary.  She enjoys singing in the a cappella vocal jazz group, Smooth Edge 2, and volunteering at her church in her downtime. Thanks, Reuben, for being such a talented, fun, creative friend and director!

 

EMILY CAUDILL (Connie Walewska) is proud to be a part of this amazing show. She was last seen in FTP's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Emily lives in Fort Wayne but is originally from Sidney, Ohio. She is a recent graduate from the IPFW Department of Theatre. Emily became interested in theatre during high school. Her favorite roles include Carlotta Giudicelli The Phantom of the Opera and Debbie Fox Back to the 80s: The Totally Awesome Musical. Emily thanks her family for all their support. She hopes to become a fixture in Fort Wayne's Theater Community.

 

ISABEL CHILIAN (Jerynn/Nurse) is making her Arena Dinner Theatre.  She will be a freshman at Homestead High School next year.  Isabel has previously appeared in 14 Youtheatre productions including Little House on the Prairie: Mary's Story, as Laura Ingalls, and The Ryan White Story, as Andrea White and The Civic Theatre production of A Christmas Story: The Musical. Isabel has attended Interlochen Arts Camp for two summers in its Musical Theatre Workshop Program and will be attending again this year in the Musical Theatre Production.    

 

PAUL R. FAULKNER (Capt. George Brackett) is in his fourth production at Arena.  He was most recently seen as Swifty in Frost/Nixon.  Arena credits include Laughing Stock, and The Mousetrap, for which he was nominated for an Arena Award.  He started the season at Civic in Mary Poppins, playing Admiral Boom, the Bank Chairman, and some cart pusher.  He then appeared in his first production for St. Francis, appearing as an Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar. After that, he appeared as a nasty racist in his first production for Youtheatre (at 35!!) in Ruby Bridges. Other Civic credits: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and 33 Variations. Chicago credits: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Music Man, and The Fantasticks.

 

FREDDY FUELLING (Abner) s a second year Theatre Major at Indiana University Purdue University in Fort Wayne with an emphasis in Musical Theatre/Dance. Freddy has been in several productions at IPFW recently playing Francis Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other shows include Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Merrily We Roll Along, and Anything Goes. Freddy will be an apprentice dancer for the 2016-2017 season of the local profession dance company Mikautadze Dance Theatre. Freddy would like to thank his family and especially his mom for all the support

 

JORDAN GAMEON (Lt. Joseph Cable) is delighted to be making his debut with Arena Dinner Theatre.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, as well as a Minor in Music.  His role as the Phantom, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera performed at Rose-Hulman, in Terre Haute, IN, is among his past favorites.  Special thanks to former and current voice/acting instructors Cathy Weil, Keith Younker, Daniel Rodriguez, Fernando Tarango, and Renee Gonzales.

 

TYLER HANFORD (Stewpot) is making his second appearance here at Arena having previously performed as Giles in The Mousetrap. Other credits include being in the ensemble Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels and Young Frankenstein at the Civic. He currently works at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in the Operations department. He would like to thank Reuben for another great opportunity to be on stage.

 

ANTHONY HAYS (Henry/Quale) is a young actor who wants to be active in theatre throughout his life.  He has done shows with the Fort Wayne Youtheater, IPFW, and North Side High School, and now the Arena Dinner Theater.  He is a freshman at North Side and is taking a theater classes.  He auditions for every show he can.  He had appeared as Ryan White in The Kid from Kokomo: the Ryan White Story with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre and as Jonas in The Giver at North Side. 

 

MAGGIE KOLE HUNTER (Bloody Mary) is grateful to be part of the FTW theatre community having played in all the theatres at one time or another.  Maggie is thrilled to be back on the Arena stage performing in a role that has been on her bucket list for some time.  Maggie is thrilled to be part of such a sweet and talented cast, crew and production team.  This is dedicated to her love, Michael – enjoy Bloody Mary in heaven with the angels my sweet prince!

 

BROCK IRELAND (Luther Billis) is excited to be making his debut at Arena! He recently graduated from IPFW, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. His stage credits include Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Joe Josephson in Merrily We Roll Along, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Bellomy in The Fantasticks, and Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, all at IPFW. Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins at Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray with the Fort Wayne Summer Music Theatre. He would like to thank his family for their constant support, and hopes you enjoy the show!

 

NANCY LAUDEMAN (Genevieve Marshall) is excited to be making her first appearance with Arena Dinner Theatre.  Her other Fort Wayne credit is with the University of St. Frances as Carole Strong in Catch Me If You Can.  Nancy appeared throughout the Northwest Indiana region (when she was a bit younger) in numerous productions including the Bakers Wife in Into the Woods, Charlotte in A Little Night Music, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsence, Sonia in They're Playing Our Song, Anna in The King & I, Arlene in and Baby.  Nancy would like to thank Reuben and staff for allowing her to be a part of this wonderful production.  She'd also like to thank her husband and daughters for their love and support.

 

RAYNA LONG (Bessie Noonan) is thrilled to be performing as Nurse Bessie Noonan in her debut performance at Arena.  Excited to be back on stage after a four year hiatus as a touring electrician, she will also be a part of Three Rivers Music Theatre's Hair this summer.  Favorite past parts include Josephine Strong in Urinetown, Charity Haze in The Butler Did It, Mary Hatch Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life, and Malinda Blaine from the film Lightning In A Bottle.  Thank you so much to the talented production team for making this possible! For more of the latest check out RaynaLong.com.

 

AARON MANN (Emile de Becque) Arena audiences may remember Aaron from last season's Rounding Third as Michael Johnson or his video cameo in this season's Frost/Nixon. Recently credits include Princeton in Avenue Q, Blind Hermit/Inspector Kemp in Young Frankenstein, Mr, Banks in Mary Poppins, Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Patsy in Spamalot (Fort Wayne Civic Theatre) Agent Carl Hanratty in Catch Me if You Can (Saint Francis), the Captain in Anything Goes (IPFW), Bassanio in Merchant of Venice (First Presyterian Theatre). Omaha theatre credits: A Christmas Carol national tour (NTC Productions); Nebraska Shakespeare Festival; The Adventures of Nate the GreatThe Borrowers, and Click, Clack, Moo! (“The Rose" Children's Theatre). Other venues include Pittsburgh Wayside Theatre in Virginia, and Tibbits Opera House in Michigan.  Thank you to Reuben and this awesome team!!

 

BROOKE O’MARA (Lisa Minelli) is happy to make her debut appearance on the Arena Dinner Theatre stage. She is going to be a senior musical theatre major at IPFW where she is also the Vice President of their Student Theatre Organization. Her recent appearances on the IPFW stage were Our Town as Emily Webb, Merrily We Roll Along as Beth Spencer, and Anything Goes as Hope Harcourt. Thanks to the cast and crew of South Pacific for the great experience and thank you to the audience for supporting Fort Wayne theatre! 

 

JORDAN PLOHR (Professor) is happy to be returning to arena stage in this role. Previously seen here as Trotter in The Mousetrap, he is very grateful to Reuben for the opportunity to play again in this remarkable space. Other local credits include Rocester in Jane Eyre, Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice and ensemble roles in Young Frankenstein and Anything Goes. He would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and support. Enjoy the show!

 

JENN ROTHENBUSH (Janet MacGregor) is a newcomer to the Arena, but she’s no stranger to the stage.  She’s been in several musicals at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits, Civic’s production of Cinderella, and most recently played Blanche Ingram and Mary Rivers in All For One’s production of Jane Eyre.  When not performing, Jenn loves to play board games, hang out with her family & friends, and she loves to travel.  She’d like to thank Jonathan for his love and support through all her endeavors.

 

DUKE ROTH (Cmdr. William Harbison) is super happy about being back at Arena Dinner Theatre. Duke made his debut here last year as Orville in Daddy’s Dyin Who’s Got the Will.  Duke has last been seen on stage at FPT as Cheswick in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. He attended Vincennes University many years ago, He is a photographer and works for the family business at AEGIS Sales and Engineering. Enjoy the show.

 

AMBER RUDOLPH (Liat/Rita Adams) is very excited to be making her Arena Dinner Theatre debut as Liat. She was last seen as a Featured Dancer in Fort Wayne Civic Theatre’s Young Frankenstein. Some of her past credits include Mdm. Thenardier in Les Miserables and Babe in Crimes of the Heart at East Noble Theatre in Kendallville, IN. Amber has a BA in Hospitality Management from IPFW and currently works as an Asset Protection Manager with Wal-Mart.

 

BRENDON SANDERLIN (Bob McCaffrey) is making his debut at Arena Dinner theatre.  A sophomore at North Side High School he has appeared in The Giver and Pippin.  He plans to go on to pursue theatre in college. 

 

CAMERON TOLLIVER (Lt. Buzz Adams) I am a sophomore studying theatre at IPFW. I have been in shows including Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, Anything Goes, and Road. I am hoping to one day be on Broadway, performing shows such as Les MiserablesGuys and Dolls, and West Side Story for many different audiences. I was in show choir for six years and regular choir the year before that. Performing is my entire life, and I hope that one day, when I am on Broadway, I will look back and be surprised by how far I have come.

 

MADELINE VOISARD (Ngana) is 8 years old. This is her first theater production but has always been drawn to performing. Madeline also enjoys playing softball and basketball and singing karaoke. She is very excited to be a part of this show and has had a lot of fun with it. She hopes this is the first of many theater opportunities!

 

LEAH WEDLER (Nellie Forbush) is happy to be back on the Arena stage after an eight year absence. Her last role at Arena was Pier Angeli in James Dean: The Boy from Fairmount (Arena Award Nomination). Other acting credits include a dancing napkin in Beauty and the Beast, Lady Beatrice in Once Upon a Mattress (Anthony Award), Speed Tapper in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Laura in The Glass Menagerie at the Civic and Miss Sandra in All Shook Up at The University of Saint Francis. Leah would like to thank her husband Ben and children Evelyn and Henry.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM BIO

 

REUBEN ALBAUGH (Director) has acted, directed, designed, and stage managed at IPFW, First Presbyterian Theatre, the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, and the Arena Dinner Theatre.  Some of his acting credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Corpus Christie, You Can’t Take it with You, Seussical the Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, The Tempest, and Eurydice.  His directing credits include The Mousetrap, Stepping Out, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Love Passion and Redemption, In bed with…, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  Some of his design credits include The Curious Savage, D.C. al fine, Moon for the Misbegotten, Purely Dance, and The Jungle Book.  Reuben currently works as the Box Office Supervisor for the Special Events Box Office at IPFW and the beginning drama instructor at the Fort Wayne Youtheatre.  He holds his BA in Theatre from IPFW (2004).

 

JILL BIXLER (Costume Design)

 

THERRIN EBER (Set Design) has designed multiple times at Arena Dinner Theatre before. He has also designed around town at IPFW, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Mikautadze Dance Theatre, Fort Wayne Summer Music Theatre, and Three Rivers Music Theatre. Favorite designs include: Anything Goes, Merrily We Roll Along, The Last 5 Years, The Fantasticks, RENT, and PIPPIN. Eber has worked with Tony Award winning designers and writers from around the country. He is a graduate of IPFW with a degree in Theatrical Design and Directing. He is currently works at North Side High School where he teaches theatre and directs shows.

 

KANDI MAGNER (Choreographer) has a B.A. In Theatre with a minor in Dance from IPFW.  She also holds a certification in stage combat from the SAFD.  She was last seen in Shrek at the Civic.  Kandi can be found annually on stage at the Johnny Appleseed Festival with her group Irish Eyes.  Kandi has performed in Florida, Chicago and New York and now works at The Historic Embassy.  She thanks the cast and production crew for their hard work and her husband for his continued support throughout the years.

 

KATHY PELTER (Stage Manager) is no stranger to Fort Wayne theatre, this production begins her 37 year of involvement.  She is a recipient of a Technical Anthony from Fort Wayne Civic Theatre as well as the Marlene Niccum Award here at Arena.  Kathy has been in over 25 Fort Wayne Youtheatre productions, as well as several here at Arena, including Sr. Mary Hubert in Nuncrackers and Nunsensations and Mrs. Waldgrave in The Nerd.  Kathy is dedicating this show in loving memory to her Mom, who now has the best seat in the house!  

 

KASSI ROEHM (Assistant Director) is a newcomer to Arena and the Fort Wayne Theatre Community scene.  Have enjoyed many productions around town while supporting her friend and roommate.  When not busy at rehearsal she is a customer service specialist for AT&T and the mother of Chip.  She would like to thank Fred for supporting her on this new adventure. 


BEN WEDLER (Musical Director)

 


 

 


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