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2012 Faculty & Staff News

Longwood faculty/staff, students and alumni to appear in Waterworks Players’ production

April 17, 2012

Longwood University

Several Longwood faculty/staff members, students and alumni are in the cast or crew of the Waterworks Players' production of South Pacific.

The cast for the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, which will be presented April 20-21 and 27-28 at 8 p.m., includes faculty members Dr. Leigh Lunsford (mathematics), Dr. Chris Swanson (music) and Dr. Charles White (business management); staff members Marianne Congleton (Cashiering & Student Accounts), Dr. Mary Jo Stockton (Web Communications), Jay Lynn (IITS) and Greg Tsigaridas (IITS); alumna Andrea Bridge (master's degree, 2001) and current students Katie Robey and AuSean Williams (seniors) and Kathleen Lilly and Leah Utz (sophomores).

Lunsford, Stockton, Bridge and Utz are playing nurses (Stockton is also helping with sound), Swanson is Emile de Becque, White is Harbison, Congleton is Liat, Lynn is Brackett, Tsigaridas is Professor, Robey is Nellie Forbush, Williams is McCaffrey/Henry and Lilly is Bloody Mary. One of Swanson's daughters, Abigail, is playing his daughter in the show (that character is named Ngana), and his other daughter, Ellie, is playing the flute in the band.

The crew includes a faculty member, Dr. Don Blaheta (computer science); staff members Linda Sauvé (Capital Planning & Construction) and Moffat Evans (Materiel Management); alumnus Brandon Nuckols ('97); junior Paul Clamp; and former faculty member Dudley Sauve (theatre). Nuckols and Clamp are helping with set construction and Evans is helping with set design and construction; Linda Sauvé is helping with costumes; and Dudley Sauve is directing the production.

The orchestra includes Carole Harper, longtime staff accompanist in the Department of Music, who is the production's music director, and students Elizabeth Houff and Holly Phelps (clarinet), Taylor Cole (trumpet), Alli Frischkorn (cello), Joe Robeson (drums) and Greg Robey (trombone).

Two of the staff members in the show, Greg Tsigaridas and Linda Sauvé, also are Longwood alumni (the former graduated in 1994, the latter in 1985).

South Pacific, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by James Michener, has been called a musical that was "both deeply rooted in its time and feels timeless today." It is the telling of two parallel love stories, both of which are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. When the musical debuted in 1949, it won the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and nine Tony Awards. The 2008 Broadway revival won five Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Music Revival, and garnered 11 Tony nominations, winning six Tonys. The Richard Rodgers musical score features a string of hit songs.

This will be the Waterworks Players' third production of South Pacific, the first having been performed in the 1970s. "For Waterworks' 40th anniversary, we wanted to revive a show that community members frequently ask us to perform as a way of saying thank you for the many years of support," said artistic director Dudley Sauve. "Further, we wanted to honor the memory of Ralph Haga [husband of Dr. Nancy Haga, professor emerita of speech], who died last year. Not only did he love playing the role of Emile de Becque in South Pacific, he helped the Waterworks Players obtain financing to purchase the old State Theatre on Main Street, our former home before we built a new facility in 1995."

To purchase tickets ($15) or for information, call the box office at 393-3452 or visit http://waterworksplayers.org.