Last Saturday was one of those rare April days when the wind didn’t blow off the ocean to freeze those of us who ventured outside to get a jump on spring cleanup. The unexpected sunshine was most welcomed after a rainy forecast. A little gift from Mother Nature to lift one’s spirits.
I’m not sure if this was planned, but last Thursday, April 3, was opening night of the Eastport South Manor Junior-Senior High School’s production of “South Pacific,” and it was also the opening night of Lincoln Center’s new production of “South Pacific” at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in New York City. It certainly was “Some Enchanted Evening” in both places, but especially in the beautiful auditorium at ESM where talented high school students took the stage and orchestra pit by storm to entertain at sold out performances.
The hard work and many hours of ?rehearsal time paid off big time for the cast and crew because for three hours each night, playgoers could forget about the outside world and become immersed in a different time. Seat 24, Row F, Section 2 was nowhere near Moriches-Middle Island Road. It was some place far away.
Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Tales of the South Pacific,” Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” features music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples—U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and Navy airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat—and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of the war and by their own prejudices.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” premiered at the Majestic Theatre on April 7, 1949, and went on to enjoy a five-year Broadway run, winning countless awards including nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Considered by many to be the finest musical ever written, the score’s songs include such musical theater classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame” and “A Wonderful Guy.”
Well, there is nothing like pure, wonderful, delightful entertainment and that’s just what was presented last weekend at ESM. If you were lucky enough to get there for a performance, you know exactly what I mean. We are blessed with an exceptional music and theatre program at our school. It just keeps on getting better and better. Congratulations to everyone on a very successful run of “South Pacific.”
The Eastport Consignment Shop on Main Street in Eastport will be officially opening for the season on Thursday, April 10. Stop in or call Tom or Kate at 996-4494 about consigning or buying. They are located down the driveway behind “The Deli,” just east of Art and Soul. There is ample parking for all. Shop hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Coming up in Eastport is the fire department’s third annual Steak Dinner. This event will take place at the firehouse on Saturday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Call 484-4411 for tickets. Seating is limited. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fire Department Benevolent Association.
The annual Spring Rummage Sale at the Westhampton Presbyterian Church will take place on Wednesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m., and on Thursday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations can be dropped off at the church in Quiogue during regular business hours. All are invited to the sale. There is no charge for admission.
A baby-sitting workshop is being offered at the Center Moriches Free Library on Tuesday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop is for boys or girls in grades six through nine who are interested in learning more about baby-sitting. Those interested should register in the Children’s Department beginning on Tuesday, April 15.
Country line dancing lessons are given every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Frowein Road in Center Moriches. The cost is $8 per person and all are invited to attend. Call 680-1113 for details.