The Transylvania Times -


By Sarah Gibson
Special To The Times 

Behind The Scene Work Continues For BHS Play


Working on set construction for “South Pacific” are (left to right) Adam Crump (set designer), Scott Moser,Tucker Baney, Rebekah Morgan, and Mark Leatherwood. (Photo by Taylor Limbach)

BREVARD N.C. Brevard High School has been working diligently for over a month to prepare for the opening night of their spring musical, “South Pacific,” on May 4-5 in the Brevard High School auditorium. Daily after-school rehearsals have drilled choreography and polished line memory, all with the intention of offering an engaging, high energy show to the community.

“Students have been working hard memorizing lines, learning music, and practicing choreography,” said musical director Mary Beth Shumate. “They’re putting a tremendous amount of time and energy into this production, and it’s evidenced in their portrayal of characters onstage.”

Local choreographer Eva Cavros Robbins also expressed her admiration of the diligent nature of these young actors stating,

“We’ve been transitioning into characters by finding the physicality of the roles and the overall vibe of the musical,” said Robbins. “Our goal is for the kids to have fun while learning to express the movement of the dances to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s vibrant music.”

Although singing and dancing sometimes gets all the glory in stage productions, the behind-the-scenes work is just as critical. Costumers Betty Miller and Sandy Thompson have researched the WWII time period of the show down to the letter, and this is reflected in their accurate and visually sumptuous choices in costuming.

The live pit orchestra, currently in the capable hands of local music teacher Sarah Moser, has been meeting for routine rehearsals and will soon join the full cast in runs of the show. The orchestra will feature members of the community as well as high school students and the new addition of Brevard High School principal Jeremy Gibbs on the bass cello.

Set construction is already underway, and the show promises plenty of exotic locales to truly transport the audience to a military-occupied island in the beautiful South Pacific.

Tickets for Brevard High School’s production of “South Pacific” can be purchased at the Brevard High School box office (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.), Theophilus Gifts and Fashion, or Rockin’ Robin Records. Advanced tickets are: reserved adult- $13, reserved student- $11, and general admission- $9. At the door, tickets are: reserved adult- $15, reserved student- $13, and general admission- $11. For more information, call BHS at 884-4103.

(Gibson is a BHS senior theatre student.)