There are other reasons to want to bring back “South Pacific,” Anderson said.
“It’s one of my mother’s favorite musicals,” he said. “It’s a great role for a bass and a very passionate character.”
Enduring tunes include “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out My Hair.”
The musical also brought Broadway into a new era with its combination of singing, dancing that breaks out of the mold of a chorus line, and plot, Struck said.
“This is the first true musical to come out of Broadway,” he said.
Struck, who directed ACT’s “Pirates of Penzance,” is in charge of making “South Pacific” work within the limitations of the opera house. It is the biggest musical ACTS has thus far attempted Ð it has 35 in the cast - but the limited off-stage room makes the logistics of costume changes and scene and prop storage challenging.
“It’s kind of difficult bringing the South Pacific into Sharpsville,” Struck said. “We had to condense everything a little bit to fit the space.”
Aside from one scene where there is some spillover into the audience area, all of the action takes place on the stage, and all of the actors come on from the wings.
“We want to have everything up here, high in just one area,” Struck said.
The space constraints demand “discipline” from the cast and crew, and they have responded like pros, he said.
“Tremendous group,” he said. “These folks are fantastic.”
“I have to admit having a lead is daunting, but we have such a wonderful group of people here having a blast,” Stephenson said.
“You learn so much from them.”
“South Pacific” will be staged at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday and March 21-23 and 2 p.m. Sunday in the opera house at 100 N. Mercer Ave. Reservations: 724-815-4388. Tickets: at Muscarella’s Cafe Italia, Sharpsville. Info: www.actsharpsville.org