1992: Carousel

 

'Carousel' tells the story of Billy Bigelow, a rough-talking, macho, handsome carousel barker, and Julie Jordan, a young, innocent mill worker. They fall in love, but both are fired from their jobs for different reasons - Billy because he paid too much attention to Julie, and Julie because she stayed out past her curfew. The two marry and go to live at the seaside spa of her cousin Nettie, but Billy becomes bitter because he is unable to find work, and in his frustration, strikes Julie.

Mrs. Mullin, the jealous carousel owner who is infatuated with him, goes to Nettie's and offers Billy his old job back, but will not re-hire him unless he leaves his wife. When Julie becomes pregnant, Billy is overjoyed, but, worried about not being able to provide for his child, secretly agrees to join his no-good pal Jigger Craigin in a robbery. During a clambake that night, the two men sneak away. The robbery is unsuccessful and Jigger escapes, in despair, Billy kills himself.

In the other world (apparently the back door of Heaven), he is told that he can return to Earth for one day to make amends. Billy returns to find his daughter Louise emotionally scarred because she is constantly taunted over the fact that her father tried to commit a robbery. Billy, not telling her who he is, makes himself visible, tries to cheer her up, and gives her a star that he stole from Heaven. Louise refuses it, frightened, and Billy, in desperation, slaps her hand. She rushes inside the house and informs Julie of what happened, saying that she did not feel a slap, but a kiss. Billy tries to make himself invisible before Julie can see him, but she has glimpsed him for just a split second, and senses that he has come back for a reason. Billy asks his Heavenly Guide for permission to go to Louise's high school graduation, and there he silently gives both her and Julie the confidence they need and the knowledge that, in spite of everything, he loved Julie.

Carousel is a 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.  The 1954 movie stars Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. Like the original stage production, the film contains what many critics consider some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beautiful songs, as well as what may be, along with South Pacific, the most serious storyline found in their musicals.

 


 

Our 1992 cast is:

 

Carrie Pipperidge - Lenna Gray

Julie Jordan - Carol Carney

Mrs Mullin - Christine Adair

Billy Bigelow -  Willie Brown

First Policeman - Jim Nicol

David Bascombe - Harry Payne

Nettie Fowler - Nan McDonald

Enoch Snow - John Danskin

Jigger Craigin - Keith Bates

Captain - Jim Train

Heavenly Friend - David Wylie

Starkeeper - Thom Riddell

Louise - Alison Connell

Enoch Snow, JR - Tony Barrat

Principal - Jim Morrison

Doctor Seldon - Thom Riddell

 

Director...Nan McDonald

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Irene Langlands