I’m super excited to be in my first musical as a Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre Major. “Carousel” by Rogers and Hammerstein, is a tragic musical set in a small main town in 1873. Julia Jordan, the main character, is a young shy mill worker who falls for and later marries the town bad boy and carnival barker, Billy Bigelow. Their marriage is less than perfect due to Billy’s subsequent unemployment and abusive behavior towards Julie. Julia becomes pregnant and Billy is happy but decides to make an easy buck by helping a friend rob the mill owner. The robbery goes wrong and Billy commits suicide to avoid a life in jail. In act two we jump 15 years into the future and, Billy in limbo between earth and heaven, is given a chance to make amends for his poor choices in life by returning to earth briefly. He sees his daughter and wife and is in the end able to earn his place in heaven. The musical is filled with memorable sons and is said to be Hammerstein’s favorite score.
Rehearsals have been going great and I am in awe of the talent of my MT classmates. The music and costumes are beautiful and should appeal to a wide audience. I have an extended ballet sequence in the second act with my dance partner, Malik which is so fun. Malik and I have gotten some wonderful feedback from our cast mates and choreographer, Greg Daniels, which validates all the hard work involved and the only injury to date is when I elbowed poor Malik in the nose. This show is in the smaller theater in Kliest, the Allman. The stage is set in the round with the audience surrounding it. Unfortunately, due to the smaller size of the theater ( less than 200 seats) the tickets for the 12 performances are going fast. My own family was unable to get tickets for the first weekend, as it is completely sold out. “Carousel The Musical” at Baldwin Wallace’s William Allman Theater opens November 14th with performances November 14-15 & 19-22 at 7:30 p. m., November 16 & 23 at both 2 & 7:30 p. m., and November 17 & 24 at 2 p. m. The BW box office # is: 440-826-2240 and complete show info is available online here. Hope to see you there!