2003 Carousel

Carousel
Performance dates: 
5th-7th June 2003
Performance times: 
7.30pm
Location: 
Cordes Hall, Sunninghill
Synopsis: 

In a Maine coastal village toward the end of tile 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day and, time being what it is "up there," fifteen years have passed and he now encounters the teenage daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless child, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instils in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favourite.

In a Maine coastal village toward the end of tile 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day and, time being what it is "up there," fifteen years have passed and he now encounters the teenage daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless child, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instils in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favourite.

Cast list: 

Billy Bigelow

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Richard Booty

Julie Jordan

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Sally Smith

Carrie Pipperidge

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Sharon Kingcott

Jigger Craigin

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Peter Harris

Nettie Fowler

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Jeni Jackson

Mrs Mullins

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Julia Lawson

Mr Enoch Snow

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Geoff Vivian

Enoch Snow junior

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Oliver Davidson

Louise Bigelow

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Emily Hester

    Sarah Bannerman

Mr Bascombe's and Mr Snow's Daughter

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Hannah Batcheler

Mr Bascombe

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Mike Austell

Policeman

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Richard Batcheler

Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon

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Steve Collin

 

Heavenly Friend

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Bill Chislett

Arminy

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Chris Took

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