South Pacific

Dormston Mill Theatre – 2017

“There Is Nothing Like A Dame!”


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 Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfilment 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, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

Famous songs in the production include “I’m Going To Wash that Man Right Out of My Hair”, “There Is Nothing Like A Dame”, “Happy Talk” and “Some Enchanted Evening”.

“South Pacific” premiered on Broadway in April 1949 and was an immediate hit, running for 1925 performances. It won ten Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto. The film came out in 1958; starring Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor, it won an Oscar and played at the Dominion Theatre in London for four and a half years!

Production Team:

Director – Sarah Moors

Musical Director – Adam Joy

Choreographer – Lisa Metcalfe



Nellie Laura Stanford
Emile John Wetherall
Cable George Stuart
Bloody Mary Helen Hogan
Billis Andy Foggin
Captain Brackett Roger Shepherd
Commander Harbison Simon Peacock
Stewpot Luke Renwick
Professor Elliott Mann
Liat Beth Logan
Dinah Murphy Olivia Jones
Janet MacGregor Gemma Lockley
Bessie Noonan Katie Walker
Genevieve Marshall (Lead Nurse) Melissa Westhead
Buzz Adams Luke Renwick
Bob McCaffrey Elliott Mann
Connie Walewska Nicola Howarth
Rita Adams Mollie Williams
Pamela Whitmore Megan Lacey
Morton Wise Richard Howarth
Quale Nathan Babb
Nagana Tia Coe
Jerome Valentino Scattone