Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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South acific delights crowd "South Pacific," a musical adapted from James A. Michener's Tales of the South Paczfe, delighted Homecoming crowds Oct. Z9-Nov. l with four perfor- mances at the Abilene Civic Center. The musieal's setting is a south sea island plagued by the hardships of World War ll. Ensign Nellie Forbush. a small-town girl from Little Rock. Ark.. is nurse to a crew of "dame-watching" sailors. But Nellie's attention is caught by Emile DeBecque, a wealthy. middle-aged French planter, who serves as her host during her stay on the island. Love soon develops between the two, but almost is shattered when Nellie finds that DeBecque once was married to a Polyne- sian and is the father of two liurasian children. Nellie is confused and disturbed by his revelation and begins avoiding the Frenchman. Lzmrz Hall and Barry Sniool, along with lfllfot Belles, Kevin Wwnrs mia' llflarlv .S'Iot'lfdalc, sing in Ilia' pfllllllt' of' Ilia Wllll!IIlvSgI'l'lllg Follies, " ln response to Nellie's withdrawal DeBecque offers his knowledge of the island to l.t. Joseph Cable, a Marine who has come to the island to establish a coastal watch of an adjacent Japanese- controlled island. Cable is sidetracked from his mission by Bloody Mary. the islands native en- trepreneur. She lures him to the secluded island of Bali Ha'i. where her beautiful daughter. l.iat. lives. Cable finds himself captivated by l.iat. but like Nellie he is torn between his love and cultural prejudices. Cable turns from the romance to his mission. which is directed by the island's Capt. Cieorge "lronbelly" Brackett and his eager aide. Cmdr. William Harbison. Us- ing radio reports from DeBecque and Cable. the American forces are able to capture the Japanese-controlled island. But the invasion costs Cable his life. While Dellecque is gone. Nellie's love triumphs over her prejudices, and she goes to care for his children. The musical closes with Deliecque returning to find Nellie and his children waiting for him on his terrace. Music tl

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