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Pacific still a splash hit; REVIEWS.

Byline: PAUL MARSTON

SOUTH PACIFIC Willenhall Operatic Society, Dormston Mill Theatre, Sedgley A FINE debut with the company by Martin Evans gets this company's 80th anniversary show off to a great start.

He has landed one of the lead roles as French planter Emile de Becque in Rodgers & Hammerstein's wartime musical, and his rich voice puts everyone at ease, particularly with that lovely hit song, Some Enchanted Evening.

Evans proves the perfect partner for Samantha King who plays Ensign Nellie Forbush, the US Navy nurse coming to terms with her prejudices while falling in love with the man with a secret past. s

It's Samantha's first principal part, and she is convincing, both in her acting and singing.

The men's chorus of saucy sailors look a bit rough in their torn and stained casuals, but perform well, with Alf Rai outstanding as the crafty Luther Billis.

Mary Mark, playing Bloody Mary, sparkles, too, and Andy Robinson is a confident Lt Joseph Cable.

Colette Edwards directs and choreographs and Michael Cotton is musical director of a pleasant show that runs until tonight.

VERDICT: PAUL MARSTON
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Date:Apr 25, 2009
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