The Raytown Arts Council announces its 2018 Summer Broadway musical production will be Rogers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC with music by RICHARD ROGERS and lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II. This musical is based on the book by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II and JOSHUA LOGAN which was adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James Michener.
RAC has selected David Lush as Director and David Rogers as Music Director for this July production. Audition dates and times will be announced in January on KCStage.com, RaytownArts.com and RAC’s Facebook and Twitter.
SOUTH PACIFIC is the story of two parallel love stores, set in an island paradise during World War II, that are both threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. When Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native, she is unable to overcome the prejudices of her upbringing and refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love because of the same fears that haunt Nellie.
David Lush directed RAC’s 2017 production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG which was the 70th show he has directed over the years. He has appeared in 127 stage productions in seven states starting in 1964 with The Sound of Music. His play, NUMBER PLEASE!, was a 4th place winner in the 2013 National Writers Digest Playwriting Competition. Lush has been in the media arena for over 35 years in newspapers and TV. He has been a host of three live news-talk radio shows. Lush moved to Raytown in 2016 from Greenville, Mississippi, where he was news producer for WABG TV6 (ABC). At WABG, he was also a part of the cast of the TruTV reality show, Breaking Greenville, which aired in 2015. While in Mississippi, he was managing editor at the Pulitzer-prize winning The Delta Democrat Times and business page editor and reporter for The Bolivar Commercial. During his news career, he won eight Associated Press writing awards.
David Rogers was music director of RAC’s 2017 production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and THE MUSIC MAN in 2016. While serving as music director for various community theater productions in the area, his professional credits include stage manager and assistant music director for Starlight Theatre including OKLAHOMA with Jamie Farr and John Davidson, CAMELOT with David Birney and THE WIZARD OF OZ starring PHYLLIS DILLER. He was music director for the cabaret shows of Omnibus Theater Company of Independence and Longview Community College where he also taught music classes for three years. Rogers chairs the Kansas City Harmony Interfaith Concert now in its 28th year and holds a Masters in Music History and a Masters in Choral Conducting from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.