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March 4, 2014

MVTHS gears up for 'South Pacific'


Putting on a show of this size presented quite a challenge, Mezo said. For one of the musical numbers, the MVTHS maintenance department built a working shower to be used on stage.

“For our level of performance, it's big in that there is a lot of music, and our sets are bigger and better,” Mezo said.

MVTHS student Tyler Knutson, who plays Emile de Becque, said he put a lot of work into his role to get the subtle nuances right, especially in terms of his character's romantic interest in Nellie Forbush.

“It's a big show and it demands a lot of everyone, but everyone's great, everyone here is professional and is good at what they do,” Knutson said.

MVTHS student Ashtyn Cornett, who plays Bloody Mary, said her character is quite unique in that she's a little older but acts like she isn't. Cornett also had to adopt a Polynesian accent for the role.

“I'm a little nervous, but it's mostly excitement,” Cornett said. “I love doing these shows. It's the best feeling when you're on stage and you get people to laugh at you. It's great.”

Nick Loafman, producer of the show, said he is hoping for a large audience this year. In the past, the operetta has drawn a crowd of between 500 to 600 people per show, he said.

“We want everyone to come out for it,” Loafman said. “It's going to be a good show.”

Other leading cast members in the show include: Allison Hedin as Liat, Dalton Miller as Lt. Joe Cable, Nathan Arnold as Luther Billis, James Joseph Wiegel as Stewpot, D.J. McGee as Professor, Andrew Capps as Brackett, Benjamin Piper as Harbison, Kendall Kaskie as Adams, Alex Lowery as Quale, Tristan Houser as McCaffrey, Logan Jackson as Henry, Hanna King as Ngana and Paige Julius as Jacqueline.

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