South Pacific - composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate hit, running for 1,925 performances. The plot is based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific and combines elements of several of those stories.
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.
BOADS today is one of the most active and inclusive societies around. Visit any household in Brixham and they will almost certainly know the BOADS name and reputation for putting on outstanding shows every year. We have teams of volunteers that work around the clock to make rehearsal spaces ready, ensure that the run in the Theatre goes exactly to plan, and not to mention the tremendous work performed by the Director, musical director and associates before rehearsals have even begun! The Society was the first in the South West to produce a number of shows including South Pacific in 1961.