South Pacific 

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Directed by Terry Spann

Music Directed by Mark Prioleau

Choreographed by Jason Ellis


Audition Information

Audition Dates: Saturday, January 20th 10am – 1pm and Sunday, January 21, 2018 6:30pm – 9pm

Children’s Auditions: Saturday, January 20th only (Adults may attend either day)

Callbacks: Saturday, January 27th by invitation only

Auditions will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Nave, 301 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Performance Dates:
May 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19, 2018 (evening performances on all days with an additional matinee on May 19th only).

Please prepare to sing 32 bars of a song of your choice that best shows off your range.  Please bring your own sheet music. Accompaniment will be provided.  We ask that you avoid songs from South Pacific.  You will be taught a short dance/movement routine so please dress comfortably.  You may also be required to do cold readings from the script.  If you are auditioning for Brackett or Harbison, please prepare a 1 – 2 minute monologue. There are no appointments. Auditions will be held in the order of your arrival.



Show Description

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.  Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile.  Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.  Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie.  When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe’s life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.


Character List 

(Ages are approximate)

NELLIE FORBUSH:  Female, 22 – 30 – Strong Mezzo (low A to C), moves very well; a spunky young nurse from Arkansas, optimistic with comic ability.  Ethnicity: Caucasian

EMILE DEBECQUE:  Male, 40 – 50 – Strong Bass/Baritone, mature, sophisticated, charismatic, must be able to speak with a French accent.  Ethnicity: Caucasian

JOE CABLE:  Male, 25 – 30 – Baritone/Tenor (E to high G), an intelligent, handsome Marine lieutenant, passionate.  Ethnicity: Caucasian

LUTHER BILLIS: Male, 30 – 40 – Baritone, a Navy Seabee who always has an angle, adores Nellie.  Must have great comic timing.  Ethnicity:  Any Ethnicity

BLOODY MARY:  Female, 35 – 55 – Strong Mezzo, shrewd native merchant who makes a fortune off of the sailors, goes nose to nose with Luther Billis.  Ethnicity:  Southeast Asian or of African descent

LIAT:  Female 18+ – Late teens to early 20s, beautiful young dancer, Bloody Mary’s daughter who wins the heart of Lt. Cable; this is a non-singing role but must move well.  Ethnicity:  Same as Bloody Mary

CAPTAIN GEORGE BRACKETT:  Male, 40 – 55 – Commanding officer on the island, stern but with a softer, bemused side. Strong actor.  Ethnicity:  Caucasian

COMMANDER WILLIAM HARBISON:  Male, 25 – 40 – Second in command, a by-the-book naval officer. Strong actor.  Ethnicity:  Caucasian

STEWPOT:  Male 20 – 35. A henchman of Billis.  Ethnicity:  Any Ethnicity

THE PROFESSOR:  Male 20 – 35. A studious henchman of Billis. Ethnicity:  Any Ethnicity

NGANA:  Female, 6 – 12 – Emile’s biracial daughter.  Must sing and have a comfortable stage presence. Must be able to learn French phrases.  Ethnicity:  dark Pacific Islander, of African descent or biracial

JEROME:  Male, 6 – 12 – Emile’s biracial son.  Must sing and have a comfortable stage presence. Must be able to learn French phrases. Ethnicity:  dark Pacific Islander, of African descent or biracial

HENRY:  Male, Any age adult (actor will also be in the ensemble).  Emile’s native butler. Must learn French phrases.  Ethnicity:  dark Pacific Islander or of African descent

LARGE ENSEMBLE:  Seeking multi-talented singers, dancers and actors of all ages and races to play the many ensemble characters to include:  Seabees, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Officers, Navy Nurses and Islanders.  Ethnicity:  All Ethnicities


Things to know before auditioning for the St. Mark’s Players Productions:

  1. The St. Mark’s Players conduct open auditions. We are an all volunteer organization (we do not pay). All are welcome to audition.
  2. All roles are open – no parts have been pre-cast. To audition, just show up; auditions are open call. We will have you fill out some paperwork. We will also ask for you to include all scheduling conflicts Please list all known and potential conflicts. We generally can work with your schedule if we know of conflicts in advance. If cast and some new conflict should arise, you are expected to communicate immediately with the Stage Manager.  You can also bring a resume that we will attach to your information sheet.  A head shot is not required, but feel free to bring one.
  3. If cast, you will be expected to pay a membership fee to join the Players and a script fee or script deposit (script fees will vary from show to show).
  4. We are an active company where everyone in the cast and crew participates in moving sets, resetting from church to theater and vice versa EACH WEEKEND, and striking the show following our final performance. Everyone is expected to participate in these endeavors. Tasks during these activities will be assigned to match your capabilities by the stage manager.
  5. You will be expected to be at rehearsals on time, and ready to work.


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