The Moss Arts Center presents Opera Roanoke’s fully staged production of the Broadway blockbuster “South Pacific” for one night only in Blacksburg on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

Opera Roanoke brings this classic American musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein to life on the stage, delivering its signature balance of wit and warmth and entertaining characters with engaging stories.

Known for its extraordinary score, this adaptation of James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Tales of the South Pacific,” is set on an island paradise during World War II. Against this backdrop, two parallel love stories bloom and are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.

Following his production of Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” stage director J.J. Hudson returns to Opera Roanoke to lead the “South Pacific” cast, which features nationally acclaimed singers and local favorites Corey Crider as Emile de Becque and Ariana Wyatt as Nellie Forbush.

Wyatt is an assistant professor of voice in Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts and a professionally trained soprano who has performed for a number of opera companies, including Opera Omaha, Florida Grand Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. An avid concert artist, Wyatt has recently performed at the Parma Festival, Red Rocks Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival, and has appeared with Steve Blier as part of the New York Festival of Song.

Opera Roanoke artistic director and conductor Scott Williamson will lead the musicians of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra for the performance, with Steven White serving as principal guest conductor.

This performance of “South Pacific” is supported in part by a gift from Stosser/Craig Partners.


Tickets for the performance are $40-75 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.

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