In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive mill worker, 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 fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills 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.
The Cast List of Principal roles was as follows:
Billy Bigelow (A Barker) Steve Green
Julie Jordan (A Mill Worker) Jenny Jordan
Carrie Pipperidge (Her Best Friend) Karen Young
Enoch Snow (A Fisherman) Peter O’Donovan
Nettie Fowler (Julie’s Cousin) Bee Cassidy
Jigger Craigin (A no-good Whaler) Ziggi Szafranski
Mrs. Mullin (The Carousel Owner) Anne Jones
Louise Bigelow (Billy’s Daughter) Lucinda Hennessey
The Starkeeper/Dr. Seldon Kevin King
The Heavenly Friend Annie Genower
Director Lynda Barrett
Choreographer Jenny Melodie Hughes
Musical Director Fiona Wimblett