The Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts production of “South Pacific” opens Aug. 5, with the youngest cast member, Saxon, and the oldest production member, Henry Heyman, the set designer.
Saxon, an 11-year-old native of New Jersey, began his ballet training at the Mill Ballet School, Lambertville, N.J., at the age of 5. He is training in classical ballet and contemporary dance.
He has also performed with the Roxy Ballet Company in mainstage productions such as “The Nutcracker” as Fritz and “Russian” as page, “Cinderella” as clock and “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”
“South Pacific,” as Jerome, will be his first appearance in a stage musical production.
Heyman, 86, set designer for “South Pacific,” was fortunate as a child in 1948 when his parents took him to New York City and in one week he saw eight shows, including “South Pacific” with Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin.
It was this show that sparked his desire to design for the stage. He designed for Six Flags Great Adventure, Sesame Place Theme Park, Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre and many others.
Heyman has designed theater productions all over the world. He retired and has been living at Pine Run. He has been working on this show eight hours a day for the last three weeks. Many friends at Pine Run are coming to the show just because Henry Heyman at 86 years young has designed the set.
“South Pacific” continues through Aug. 22, at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown. For tickets and information, call 215-297-8540 or visit buckscountycpa.org.