July 16, 2008

‘South Pacific’ to Benefit United Way

By Cindy Allen, Enid News & Eagle, Okla.

Jul. 16--United Way will reap the benefits of an additional Gaslight Theatre performance of the musical "South Pacific" being offered Sunday.

Enid News & Eagle and Eagle Marketing are offering the 2 p.m. matinee performance as a fundraiser to help kick off the 2008-09 United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma campaign.

Sunday's matinee of "South Pacific" will be the third time a Gaslight performance has been offered as a fundraiser for United Way. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to United Way.

"We raised over $3,000 for the first two, and we hope to raise that amount again this year," said Lynne Benkendorf, of Eagle Marketing.

Tickets still are available at the Enid News & Eagle during regular business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. Tickets also will be sold at the theater Sunday.

"We encourage people to purchase tickets ahead of time to reserve the best seats," Benkendorf said.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Refreshments and snacks will be served during intermission,

"South Pacific" was an original Broadway production in 1949 that took home four major Tony awards that year. It was made into a popular movie in 1958.

The musical has enjoyed a resurgence on Broadway this year, and has starred many popular performers, such as Reba McIntire.

The Enid production is filled with popular tunes, such as "Bali Ha'i,""There's Nothin' Like a Dame" and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair."

The production is directed by Christianne Chase with the help of classical opera singer Jeffrey Ambrosini.


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