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Say "Bali-Hai" to South Pacific at Plays-in-the-Park

EDISON, NJ - Plays-in-the-Park is proud to present the third and final offering of its summer 2016 season, the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.

South Pacific premiered on Broadway in 1949 and tells the story of U.S. troops stationed on a South Pacific island during WWII, and the romance between an American military nurse and a French plantation owner.  This production will feature the original 26-piece orchestrations for this timeless score, featuring “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and many more.

The show runs from July 27 to August 6 with no performance on Sunday, July 31. A Sign Language Interpreted performance will take place on August 3 (rain date August 4). An Audio Description performance will be offered July 29 (rain date July 30), and a performance with Open Captioning will take place August 1 (rain date August 2).

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The Middlesex County Freeholders are proud to announce a special offer for free tickets and special reserved seats for veterans at certain performances. August 1 will be free for veterans of WWII and the Korean War; August 2nd for veterans of the Vietnam War; and August 3rd for veterans of all other wars and conflicts.

Plays-in-the-Park also continues to offer complimentary admission to the summer musicals for active U.S. Military Service members and their immediate families. There will be a select number of reserved seats available at each performance.

Veterans and service members are asked to call the Parks Office at 732-745-3936 prior to the show they wish to attend for reservations. Proper ID is required when picking up tickets. 

Plays-in-the-Park has given Middlesex County over 50 years of quality entertainment, and the Board is so proud that they are joining us in our continued effort to honor our U.S. Service members and veterans,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I thank the Plays-in-the-Park actors, musicians, technicians, and production team for their hard work and know that they will bring the 2016 season to another outstanding conclusion.”

Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the Infrastructure Management Committee, said: “South Pacific is a show whose sweeping score will really resonate with audiences, particularly our veterans and servicemen. I hope many of our honored veterans will attend.”

Plays-in-the-Park is located at the Stephen J. Capestro Theater within Roosevelt Park at 1 Pine Drive in Edison, NJ.

Tickets for the show can only be purchased on the nights of performances. The Box Office opens at 5:30 p.m. on the evenings of performances and closes at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (60+). Children 12 and under are admitted for free.

Audience members must provide their own seating. All chair backs must not exceed 40 inches high. Please go to the County website at www.co.middlesexcountynj.gov and search Plays in the Park for more information about the Box Office and seating.

If a performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, you may save your ticket and use it to attend any other PIP performance at no additional charge. Ticket stubs are valid up to one year after the canceled performance.

Plays-in-the-Park is dedicated to providing theater to everyone. Patrons requiring assistance due to a disability are encouraged to contact Jackie Neill, Recreation Supervisor, at
732-745-3936 prior to attending a performance so that any special needs may be met.

Plays-in-the-Park represents a unique collaboration between community theater and local government since 1963. PIP is sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation.

Plays-in-the-Park’s mission is to recreate the quality and intent of the original Broadway productions of these shows.

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