SOUTH PACIFIC

Costume Plot

 

Musical Play by:  Rodgers & Hammerstein

Book by:  Hammerstein & Logan

 

Time:  World War II

Place:  An Island in the South Pacific

 

This costume outline is merely a suggestion. You may select only those costumes you feel

you need, request additional changes, or suggest completely different ensembles. Actor

size and inventory fluctuation may cause us to vary slightly from the descriptions below.

 

ACT ONE, SCENE I – EMILE DE BECQUE’S PLANTATION:

 

Nellie:                         Suntan uniform, cap and bag

Emile De Becque:       White tropical suit

Ngana:                        Sarong and sandals

Jerome:                       Sarong and sandals

Henry:                         Houseman’s jacket and pants

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 2:  CAMP ON THE BEACH

 

Bloody Mary:             Dark trousers, white mandarin blouse, marine tunic

Chorus:                       Assorted off-duty clothes, fatigues, T-shirts, etc.

Mary’s Assistant:        Similar costume

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 3 – PALM GROVE NEAR BEACH

 

Bloody Mary: Repeat trousers and blouse

Stewpot:          GI fatigues, T-shirt, sailor hat

Nellie:             Shorts, straw hat, blue fatigue shirt (with FORBUSH stenciled on back), halter under shirt

Luther Bills:   Seabee fatigues, old and faded sailor hat

Professor:       GI fatigues and hat

 

Chorus:           Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 2

Lt. Joseph Cable:                    Marine Corps suntan uniform, overseas cap, and mussett bag

Sailor:                                     White pants and blouse

Capt. George Brackett :           USN suntan uniform, overseas cap

Commander Harbison :           USN suntan uniform, overseas cap

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 4 – COMPANY STREET

 

Nurses:            White uniforms, white hose, white shoes and caps (usually 2 girls in this scene)

Sailor:             White uniform complete and white hat

Seabee:                       Blue fatigues and hat

Polynesian Natives:    Sarongs

Billis:                          Blue fatigues and white cap

Stewpot:                      Blue fatigues and white cap

Professor:                   Blue fatigues and white cap

Lt. Cable:                    Repeat Khakis

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 5 – ISLAND COMMANDERS OFFICE:

 

Nellie:                                     Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 3 play clothes

Capt. Brackett:                       Repeat Khakis

Lt. Cable:                                Repeat Khakis

Commander Harbison:           Repeat Khakis

Yoeman:                                 White pants and blouse, cap

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 6 – COMPANY STREET:

 

Nellie:                         Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 3

Nurse (Bessie):           Bathing costume covered by fatigue jacket

Natives:                      Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 4 sarongs

GIs:                             Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 4 fatigues

Lt. Cable:                    Repeat Khakis

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 7 – BEACH:

 

Chorus:           Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 3 play clothes

Billis:              Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 3 fatigues

 

 

Nellie:            Shorts, halter, shirt, and wrap around towel – should have bath cap with cotton for

“Shampoo”

Seabees:          Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 2

Emile:             Shirt, cotton khaki breeches, Panama hat and jodpher boots

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 8 – STREET TRANSITION – ALL REPEAT:

 

 

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 9 – BRACKETT’S OFFICE:

 

Capt. Brackett:           Repeat Khakis

Emile:                         Slacks and Shirt

Lt. Cable:                    Repeat Khaki uniform

Yoeman:                     Repeat white uniform

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 10 – BALI HAI

 

Bloody Mary: Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 2 pants and blouse

Nuns:              Nun’s habit complete (usually 2 girls used for this scene)

Natives:          Sarongs

Chorus:           Short summer dresses

Lt. Cable:        Repeat Khaki uniform

Natives:          Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 4 sarongs

Billis:              Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 4 fatigues

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 11 – MARY’S HUT:

 

Bloody Mary: Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 9

Liat:                Dark pants, mandarin blouse

Lt. Cable:        Repeat Khakis

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 12 – BALI HAI – All repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 10

 

ACT ONE, SCENE 13 – EMILE’S TERRACE:

 

Nellie: Summer evening gown, adds nurse cap

Ngana: Nightgown

 

Henri:              Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 1 pants and coat

Servant:          Similar to Henri, with white coat

Emile:             Summer dinner jacket and black dress pants

Jerome:           Night shirt

 

Note:  Voices heard off stage may or may not appear.  If they do, they are dressed in evening attire

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 1 – STAGE:

 

Nellie:                         Denim “Comic Strip” costume hat and arm band

Chorus:                       Similar “Comic Strip” costumes, hats and arm bands

Stewpot:                      “Comic Strip” vest, blue jeans, collars, cuffs, high hat

Comic Weight Lifter: Khaki army shorts, khaki army blanket, leggings, and wreath of leaves headpiece

 

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 2 – BACKSTAGE:

 

Liat:                Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 10 pants and blouse

Mary:              Repeat pants and blouse

Seabee:           Repeat blue uniform

Billis:              Comic costume – take-off on uniform

Emil:               Summer suit

Lt. Cable:        Repeat uniform

Professor:       Repeat fatigues

Marine:           Khaki uniform

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 3 – STAGE:

 

Girls:   Can repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 1 OR BE IN “finale” costumes

Nellie: Over sized white sailor suit – extra long black tie, sailor hat

 

Chorus:                       “Finale” costumes of green mosquito net dresses, green bras and trunks, flower trimmed and flower hats

Brackett:                     Repeat Khakis

Sailor:                         Repeat white uniform

Comm. Harbison:       Repeat Khakis

Billis:                          Colored knee pants trimmed with lace.  Two large coconuts tied over chest with rope. Green mosquito netting skirt trimmed with flowers

Chorus:                       U.S.N. Officers Khakis with Overseas caps

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 4 – BACKSTAGE:

 

Nellie:             Repeat ACT TWO, SCENE 3 uniform

Chorus:           Repeat ACT TWO, SCENE 3

Billis:              Repeat ACT TWO, SCENE 3 costume

Cable:             Repeat Khakis

Emile:             Repeat ACT TWO, SCENE 2 suit

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 5 – TRANSITION:

 

Aircraft Mechanics:    Fatigues

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 6 – RADIO ROOM:

 

Capt. Brackett:           Repeat Khakis

Enlisted Man:             Uniform

Comm. Harbison:       Repeat Khakis

Billis:                          Fatigue pants and dirty T-shirt

Lt. Buzz Adams:         Air Force khakis, baseball cap with navy insignia

Operations Officer:    Uniform

Navy Pilot:                 Fatigues

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 7 – TRANSITION:

 

Officer:           Uniform

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 8 – RADIO SHACK:

 

Nellie: White nurse’s uniform, shoes, stockings, cap.

All men repeat ACT TWO, SCENE 7

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 9 – STREET:

 

Nellie:             Repeat white uniform

Chorus:           Khakis and overseas caps

Officers:         Khakis and overseas caps

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 10 – THE BEACH:

 

Liat:                Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 10

Nellie:             Repeat white uniform

Mary:              Repeat pants and blouse

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 11 – COMPANY STREET:

 

Nurses:                        Mixture of white uniforms, shoes, white hose, white caps, and combat fatigues

Stewpot:                      Repeat blue fatigues with field pack, canteen and machete (props)

Billis:                          Similar to Stewpot

Professor:                   Ditto

Officer:                       Combat uniform

Marine:                       Combat uniform

Capt. Brackett:           Repeat khakis

Comm. Harbison:       Repeat Khakis

 

ACT TWO, SCENE 12 – EMILE’s TERRACE:

 

Ngana:            Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 1 sarong

Nellie:             Repeat ACT ONE, SCENE 1 khakis

Jerome:           White sailor hat, sarong and T-shirt with Navy insignia (officer) on left shoulder

Emile:             Camouflage pants, Iike jacket, and steel helmet and liner with fishnet paratrooper boots, pistol belt and holder, musette bag

 

NOTE:  FOOTWEAR, PROPS AND HOSIERY NOT INCLUDED UNLESS PREVIOUSLY

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