Carousel

Carousel bwMusic by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play “Liliom”
As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille

Carousel will be presented in English with English supertitles

Special thanks to  Raymond James, Rights Sponsor for Carousel.

 

DIRECTOR Ken Page*
CONDUCTOR Scott Schoonover
CHOREOGRAPHER Yvonne Meyer Hare*
SCENIC DESIGNER Patrick Huber
COSTUME DESIGNER Teresa Doggett
LIGHTING DESIGNER Patrick Huber
PROPERTIES MASTER Laura Skroska
SUPERTITLE EDITOR/DESIGNER Philip Touchette
STAGE MANAGER Alexandra Leonard
SCENIC CHARGE ARTIST Cameron Tesson
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Hadley Schnuck*
PRODUCTION MANAGER Tony Anselmo
*UAO debut
+ 2017 Crescendo Participant
++ Past Crescendo Participant

Synopsis:
The time is 1873. The place, a small fishing village on the rocky New England coastline. Billy Bigelow, the handsome and swaggering barker for Mrs. Mullin’s carousel in the local amusement park, meets Julie Jordan, a lovely young working girl at the nearby mill, when Julie and her friend Carrie Pipperidge come to the carousel. Billy and Julie fall in love and are soon married.

Everyone, it seems is against this union – the townspeople caution Julie and Billy is warned  and even threatened by his boss, Mrs. Mullin, who is jealously in love with him. Because of the marriage, Billy loses his job. Thereupon he becomes sullen and difficult, raging bitterly and bullying his wife – until Julie quietly informs Billy that he is about to become a father.

Desperately anxious to provide for the coming child, Billy is persuaded by Jigger, a shiftless sailor, to take part in a hold-up. The robbery attempt is thwarted; Jigger escapes, but Billy is caught by Mr. Bascombe, the would-be victim, who vows to hand him over to the police with the prospect of a long prison term. Cornered, disgraced and terrified for Julie and their unborn child, Billy kills himself. Julie arrives on the scene and cradles Billy as he dies in her arms.

Fifteen years pass. Billy, escorted by a Heavenly Friend, arrives in the backyard of Heaven. Here he meets The Starkeeper, who informs him that he will never get into Heaven until he redeems himself. After some argument, Billy is given a chance. He is allowed to return to Earth for one day, during which he must perform one good deed. Afforded a glimpse of Louise, his lonely and unhappy fifteen-year-old daughter, Billy steals a star to give to her at their first meeting. But back on earth, he is still the rough blunder. Louise is shy and won’t accept his gift. Unable to reach her in any other way, Billy slaps his daughter – but the sting feels miraculously like a kiss to the girl. Louise explains this to her mother, Julie, who also sees the star that Billy has left behind, and instinctively, Julie understands.

Nevertheless, Billy has not yet performed his good deed, and the slap should have been his final straw. But Billy persuades the Starkeeper to give him one last chance. Unseen, Billy watched Louise at her high school graduation. He observes his daughter’s self-doubts, her insecurities. Invisibly, spiritually, Billy reaches out to her; he urges her to believe in herself, and he is filled with pride as he watches his daughter blossom with confidence. Turning to Julie, Billy says simply, “I love you, Julie. Know that I love you.” And Julie, somehow, hears him. She joins Louise and the rest of the townsfolk in singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”…as Billy heads towards heaven.

From the R&H website.
CAROUSEL is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com

Special Thanks to the Voss Family Foundation for underwriting Dance Ensemble members Audrey Honert and Elliott Geolat in association with the St. Louis Ballet.