Meet the Children of South Pacific!

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is excited to be working with some amazing children in “South Pacific.” Jerome and Ngana are the children of Emile de Beque and a Polynesian woman who has passed away.

Ngana is played by two different wonderful young girls, Willow Rody & Ava Oberting.

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Willow Rody

Willow is beyond excited to spend time here at The Mac- Haydn Theatre and share the stage with the fabulous cast and crew of SOUTH PACIFIC. Willow was bit by the acting bug when she first appeared in her school’s annual Shakespeare production as Willow and the Willowettes! Since that time, she has studied voice and some piano and gets on stage every chance she gets – most recently in a production of ONCE UPON A BANANA as the pie-throwing waitress. She hopes you enjoy the show and looks forward to someday dazzling you as Little Red Riding Hood in INTO THE WOODS and writing her own musicals!


Ava Oberting

Ava Dale Oberting is absolutely delighted to be making her Mac Haydn debut in SOUTH PACIFIC! Ava is 9 years old and splits her time between the New York Capital Region and Nantucket Island. Ava has recently been seen in LES MISERABLES as “Little Cosette”, on The TODAY SHOW with Willie Geist and Tamron Hall, as well as singing and performing in many plays and cabarets including a Master Class Performance with world renowned “Irish Tenor” RONAN TYNAN. Ava would like to thank her Mom, Dad and brother Ogden for their love and support, her singing coach and mentor Lisa Franklin and her new friends at MHT for this tremendous experience!

Nate Taylor

Nathaniel Taylor

Jerome is played by Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Taylor. Nate is 12 years old and attends Maple Hill Middle School in Castleton, NY. He has spent the past 3 summers participating in the Mac-Haydn Theatre Workshop as Prince Charming in CINDERELLA, Yao and a son in MULAN, Drake the Butler and the Radio Announcer in ANNIE. He would like to thank his family and the Mac-Haydn Theatre for this amazing opportunity to continue his passion for acting.