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By Jim Carnett | July 22, 2013
Twenty summers ago Orange Coast College reopened its remodeled Robert B. Moore Theatre with a rousing production of the beloved Broadway musical "South Pacific. " The campus theater originally opened in 1955. The iconic 1949 Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein musical provided Americans with a coming-out-of-World War II treatise on racism. OCC's production ran July 16 to 25, 1993, for eight performances. I watched every performance from the stage as a member of the cast. I'm totally unmusical, and director Alex Golson wisely cast me in a non-singing role.
NEWS
June 7, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal Ask Amanda Watkins what it's like to play Nellie Forbush to Robert Goulet's Emile de Becque and she will say "He's a dream." Jody Ashworth, who plays Stewpot in the production of "South Pacific" now at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, says he wishes he had a chance to work with Goulet more directly. Their characters don't interact. "He's a lovely man, very generous," Ashworth says. This is Goulet's second tour of duty as the French planter who falls in love with an optimistic nurse from Little Rock during wartime.
NEWS
February 5, 2004
Penny Fleming At 11 p.m. on June 11, we boarded a Qantas Airways 747 jumbo jet bound for the South Pacific. Settled in our business-class seats that would be our homes for the next 17 hours, we had a light gourmet meal, an over-the-counter sleeping pill, earplugs and eye covers to make our seats comfortable. We slept until we smelled breakfast. We arrived in Brisbane, Australia, at 10:30 a.m. on June 13, two days lost and hours ahead. We were ready to go the minute we landed -- jet lag never came.
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By Jim Carnett | June 23, 2009
Some weeks ago, my wife, Hedy, and I were in New York City and saw the Broadway revival of my favorite all-time musical, “South Pacific.” To our great surprise, we discovered that we knew someone in the cast! Winner of seven 2008 Tony Awards, “South Pacific” is playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. The musical’s talented cast includes Eric Anderson, a former OCC theater student. Eric plays Luther Billis’ sidekick, Stewpot.
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December 18, 2008
Edward Hyatt Willits Edward “Ned” Willits, who at one time led one of the larger citrus operations in Riverside County, died at his home in Corona del Mar on December 10. He was 88. Ned was born in Los Angeles in 1920 and grew up in Corona and in Corona del Mar. His father, Robert, was the president of the Corona Foothill Lemon Company. Ned was named for his maternal grandfather, Edward Hyatt, who was elected Riverside County’s first full-time superintendent of Public Instruction in 1906.
NEWS
July 28, 2002
The Orange County Fair offers plenty of photo opportunities. Some may sound better than others. What looks good on paper doesn't always work out when the camera lens is applied. With daily coverage, it takes a trained eye to find those special moments that make the up the fair. Kids showing their talents are common place in such a setting. There is always someone singing, dancing or just having fun. Assignments like covering the Shenanigans' Youth Theater depend on the liveliness of the faces and the personalities of the actors to make the picture pop. Steve Womack and Rachael Kime seemed to fill the stage with their presence as they performed "Honey Bun" from "South Pacific."
NEWS
January 28, 2009
Colonel James W. Donnell, USMC. Colonel Donnell was born in Montgomery Alabama in 1922, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in early 1941. He saw service at Pearl Harbor, and throughout the South Pacific, in WWII, earning the Purple Heart ribbon at Saipan, and again at Okinawa. He served in Korea, Lebanon, and in Vietnam, where he earned The Legion of Merit. He retired from service in 1973 after a distinguished 32 year career in which he was awarded many decorations and campaign ribbons.
NEWS
June 24, 2008
Carola Lilly Campbell, a Newport Beach resident since 1972, died peacefully in her home Wednesday, June 18th. She was born January 28th in Frankfurt Germany and became an American citizen in 1946. At this time, she lived in Seattle, where she began and ran a successful children's store. The thing that impressed Carola most about her adopted country, was the power of volunteerism. When she retired from retail, she moved to southern California and plunged into philanthropic activities.
NEWS
July 2, 2001
Don Cantrell During the recent salute to many Harbor High World War II heroes in the military service, this corner - and with regrets - failed to mention one of the classy Navy pilots named Lt. Bill Dickey. Dickey, who grew up in Balboa, was an outstanding varsity baseball player for three years under two coaches, the late Ralph Reed and the late Dick Spaulding, who also coached the 1938-39 football teams. Dickey earned numerous honors as a fighter pilot, but the two most noteworthy awards featured the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
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By Jim Carnett | July 29, 2013
Last week this space acknowledged the 20th anniversary of Orange Coast College's 1993 summer musical production, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific. " I was fortunate to land a small role in that show. Last week, I listed in this column several other cast members, including Sean Cox who portrayed the wily but endearing Seabee Luther Billis. My daughter, Jenn, who took an OCC acting class or two with Sean in the early 1990s, recently reminisced with me about him. Though Sean and I hadn't met before "South Pacific," he ended up becoming my "surrogate son" for the summer.
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By Jim Carnett | July 22, 2013
Twenty summers ago Orange Coast College reopened its remodeled Robert B. Moore Theatre with a rousing production of the beloved Broadway musical "South Pacific. " The campus theater originally opened in 1955. The iconic 1949 Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein musical provided Americans with a coming-out-of-World War II treatise on racism. OCC's production ran July 16 to 25, 1993, for eight performances. I watched every performance from the stage as a member of the cast. I'm totally unmusical, and director Alex Golson wisely cast me in a non-singing role.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
Vera Belle Lunsway, age 86, of Corona del Mar, passed away Saturday June 29, 2013 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach California.  She was born October 7, 1926 to James Herbert McCorkle and Iva Lou (Mallory) McCorkle in Gem, Kansas.  She had one older brother, Charles Lee McCorkle. Vera married her high school sweetheart and WWII veteran, Samuel Augest Lunsway, on March 17, 1944 in Seattle, Washington, while waiting for Sam's ship, the USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), to take Sam into action in the South Pacific.  After Sam's discharge from the U.S. Navy, Sam and Vera settled in Colby, Kansas.
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May 4, 2011
Corona del Mar High School is bringing the best of Broadway to Newport Beach with a show that will enchant romance junkies, musical enthusiasts and World War II buffs alike. High school students will be performing Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein's Pulitzer-prize winning musical "South Pacific" Friday and Saturday. The school's spring musical is directed by CdM drama teacher Ronald Martin and debuted April 28. There are still two performances left, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Loats Theater at Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | October 7, 2010
It may be rare, but sometimes landing a great part doesn't depend on who you know. Just ask Christopher Johnstone. Johnstone has performed in operatic works like "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Rape of Lucretia," as well as being a soloist for the Boston Pops and other orchestral performances. Despite having a background much heavier in operatic and classical vocal performance than musical theater, the baritone ended up with a part in the touring production of the renowned revival of "South Pacific" following a routine open call in New York City.
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By Mona Shadia | January 18, 2010
Bill Harrison says he’s mastered the secret to faith. “Start thanking God immediately before he answers your prayer,” Harrison told middle school students during a visit to Mariners Christian School last week. “That’s the secret to having faith.” At 88, his faith remains unshaken. The Hemet resident has always believed in a higher being, but his religious conviction was tested in 1945, when, at 23, he found himself marooned on a raft in the South Pacific for six days.
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By Jim Carnett | June 23, 2009
Some weeks ago, my wife, Hedy, and I were in New York City and saw the Broadway revival of my favorite all-time musical, “South Pacific.” To our great surprise, we discovered that we knew someone in the cast! Winner of seven 2008 Tony Awards, “South Pacific” is playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. The musical’s talented cast includes Eric Anderson, a former OCC theater student. Eric plays Luther Billis’ sidekick, Stewpot.
NEWS
April 2, 2009
Michael James Howard Jr. of Newport Beach passed away on March 24th at the age of 92. Mike was born in New York City, the youngest of three children to Michael and Stephanie Howard. Mike grew up in New York City attending Roosevelt High School and New York University. His first job was working for the Bank of New York. Later he accepted the position as West Coast District Manager of the national publication, Look Magazine. During his travels, he met his love, Ann and after a lengthy correspondence they married in San Francisco.
NEWS
January 28, 2009
Colonel James W. Donnell, USMC. Colonel Donnell was born in Montgomery Alabama in 1922, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in early 1941. He saw service at Pearl Harbor, and throughout the South Pacific, in WWII, earning the Purple Heart ribbon at Saipan, and again at Okinawa. He served in Korea, Lebanon, and in Vietnam, where he earned The Legion of Merit. He retired from service in 1973 after a distinguished 32 year career in which he was awarded many decorations and campaign ribbons.
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