Rugeley Musical Theatre Company brought a slice of the Pacific to the Rose Theatre last night as they performed Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic, South Pacific.
The story follows Nellie (Natalie Leighton), an American nurse, who falls in love with French plantation worker, Emile De Becque (Matthew Hunt). Whilst a sub-plot romance between Lieutenant Cable (Dan Smith) and Liat (Maria Bolan) bubbles away.
Set in WWII, the musical candidly explores racial prejudice, causing moments of discomfort that are equally hard-hitting, which juxtaposes the bright, airy musical numbers.
Natalie Leighton's portrayal of Nellie was pleasing. Her strong vocals held the role together and she could have probably let loose a bit more in A Wonderful Guy, because her voice was more than capable. Matched up with Matthew Hunt, he beautifully captured the role of Du Becque, again with a powerful voice that resonated through the room.
Leading the sailors was Jacob Bishop as Luther Billis, who's starring moment came in Act 2 as 'honey bun' - which garnered many a laugh from the audience. There was support from Victoria Smith as Bloody Mary, who's good voice gave an ethereal lift to Bali Ha'i and Emily Rogers and Alice Robinson were a strong double act in the roles of Captain George Bracket and Commander William Harbison.
Considering the cast was fairly small it was great to hear harmonies shining through in numbers such as There's Nothin' Like A Dame - a credit to the hard work of each and every person. Accompanied by a lovely band it was, overall, an enjoyable evening in the company of RMTC.
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