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South Pacific hit showcases MCT’s versatile talent pool
By BILL COOKE
Reporter Staff Writer


16-year-old high school junior Shelby Thomason was brilliant in lead as Nellie Forbush. Veteran performer/baritone Lucas Howland had the role of Emile de Becque. 16-year-old high school junior Shelby Thomason was brilliant in lead as Nellie Forbush. Veteran performer/baritone Lucas Howland had the role of Emile de Becque. CAMERON—Milam Community Theater has done it again.

Staged another resounding hit, that is, this time a brilliant production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s 1949 Broadway smash musical “South Pacific.”

This monumental undertaking, staged the last two Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons in the Cameron ISD Performing Arts Center, was led by a 16-year-old singing/acting phenom.

Shelby Thomason of Rockdale, a junior at Thorndale High School and a member of Rockdale’s unofficial “ first f amily of music,” w as sterling in the lead role of Nellie Forbush. She played opposite Lucas Howland, a veteran actor with a rich baritone voice, who had the male lead as Emile de Becque.

Standing ovations and cheers followed all four performances.


BIG CAST, BIG PRODUCTION—(L-R) front row, Olivia Husher (Ngana), Will Garrett (Jerome), Shelby Thomason (Nellie Forbush), Lucas Howland (Emile DeBecque). 2nd row, Mandi Tyson (Cahaya), Mona Butala (E’lise), Pamela Neeley (Bloody Mary), Richard Stone (Billis), Dwight Jekel (the Professor), Jonathon Deal (Cable), GiGi Perez (Liat). 3rd row, K.C. Ferguson (Hassinge), Lane Schweitzer (Adams), Austin Mueck (Harbison), Buzz Rahm (Brackett), Buddy Shuffield (Stewpot), Jack Terhune (Kilroy), Cheyene Lee (Murphy), Patrick Lloyd (McCaffrey), Alex Ferguson (O’Brien). Back, Kevin Osorio (Johnson), Elisabeth Thomason (McCrea), Monica Schiller (Yaeger), Rebekah Ferguson (Walewska), Tia Rae Stone (Marshall), Melanie Reed (McGregor). At top, Maurice Goza (Wise). Not pictured, Dillon Betros (Quale). 
Photos byJanos Shell BIG CAST, BIG PRODUCTION—(L-R) front row, Olivia Husher (Ngana), Will Garrett (Jerome), Shelby Thomason (Nellie Forbush), Lucas Howland (Emile DeBecque). 2nd row, Mandi Tyson (Cahaya), Mona Butala (E’lise), Pamela Neeley (Bloody Mary), Richard Stone (Billis), Dwight Jekel (the Professor), Jonathon Deal (Cable), GiGi Perez (Liat). 3rd row, K.C. Ferguson (Hassinge), Lane Schweitzer (Adams), Austin Mueck (Harbison), Buzz Rahm (Brackett), Buddy Shuffield (Stewpot), Jack Terhune (Kilroy), Cheyene Lee (Murphy), Patrick Lloyd (McCaffrey), Alex Ferguson (O’Brien). Back, Kevin Osorio (Johnson), Elisabeth Thomason (McCrea), Monica Schiller (Yaeger), Rebekah Ferguson (Walewska), Tia Rae Stone (Marshall), Melanie Reed (McGregor). At top, Maurice Goza (Wise). Not pictured, Dillon Betros (Quale). Photos byJanos Shell The pit orchestra was composed of Matthew Pool, piano; Leah Thomason, Denise Starnes and Jordan Husher, flutes; Justina Herklotz and Megan Cullen, clarinets; Bill Perry, saxophone; Lee “Sparky” Thomason, Mark Rodriguez and David Davenport, trumpets; Randy Hall, French horn; Eugene Holub, trombone; and Ian Campbell, drums. The Thomasons, Starnes, Perry, Hall, Holub and Campbell are members of the Communities in Concert Band.

Production staff members were Betsi Chamlee, director; Vicki Goza, producer; Randy Leo, associate producer; Barber Bauer, stage manager; Carol Brookshire, assistant stage manager; JoAnna Langthorn, choreographer; Nestor Rios, music director/conductor; Elisabeth Thompson, Wayne Bachus and Matthew Pool, rehearsal pianists; Lori Vega, Phyllis Waring and Anna Wilkerson, wardrobe; Vicki Goza and Ashton Whitmire, makeup and hair; Keri Harris, special makeup; Jason Deal, lights; Michael Brooks, sound; Jennifer McAtee; property master; Connor Thompson and Garrett Wallace, running crew; Buzz Rahm and Mona Butala, French tutors.

Set construction was by Randy Leo, Bobby Schiller, Kyle Deal, Jason Deal, Austin Mueck, Andy Andrews, Melissa Lee, Kilton Deal and Connor Thompson.

Cast members are listed in caption above.

South Pacific premiered on Broadway in 1949, ran 1,925 performances and won 10 Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. It was based on three stories by James A. Michener’s novel, “Tales of the South Pacific.”


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