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"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
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
Lzmrz Hall and Barry Sniool, along with
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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-
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.