Love is found during war. Love is lost due to prejudice. In the end, will Love prevail?
Join the Culver City Symphony tonight at Burton Chase Park in Marina del Rey at 7 pm for the landmark musical from Rogers & Hammerstein, based on the first collection of short stories by James Mitchener.
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 fulfillment 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 that claims Joe’s life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.
This production is from the same creative team of Frank Fetta-Artistic Director and Conductor, and Zeffin Quinn Hollis-Stage Director, from our previous “Pagliacci,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “Aida.” Zeffin also is in the cast.