The much-loved musical South Pacific is being recreated on the stage of the Lichfield Garrick this week. It’s hard to believe that Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote this show almost 70 years ago. The wonderful story and captivating music can still hold an audience entranced today. They don’t write ’em like this any more! Lichfield Operatic Society’s production certainly provided to be ‘some enchanted evening’ for its audiences. A beautiful blend of sadness, joy and humour, set against the blackdrop of WW11, this show has everything. A first class orchestra, imaginative direction, great choreography, superb lighting and slick stage crew made for a great night – and that’s without some stunning performances from the cast. Kate Pinell as the nurse Nellie Forbush, turned in an excellent performance – her background in professional musical theatre shining through. Deb Middleton, in the comic role of Bloody Mary, brightened the stage with every entrance – a sheer joy to watch. Patrick Jervis and Ava Taroni as the star-crossed lovers, were beautifully matched as Lieutenant Joe Cable and Liat. Another first-timer with the Society, Jonathan Jaylon Blake, as Luther Billis, certainly made an impression – we’ll, hopefully see more of him in future productions. Almost stealing the show were Maizie Grew and Toby Clark as the le Becque children – their ‘Dites-Moi’, with excellent French accents, was just delightful. But the stand-out performance for me was Phil Bourn as Emile le Becque. His outstanding acting ability, coupled with a commanding singing voice, made for a memorable performance. I particularly loved ‘This nearly was mine’ near the end of the show. The principles were backed by a talented ensemble of sailors and dancers – the show-piece ‘Honey Bun’ is indelibly etched on my brain! Congratulations to all the performers and to Director Julie Mallaband, Musical Director Mark Timms and Choreographer Charlotte Middleton. A wonderful night of magical musical theatre, fully justifying the support of the capacity audiences.