The College Light Opera Company (CLOC) will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” as the fifth show of its 46th season.
“Carousel” is the story of an outsider, Billy Bigelow, an itinerant barker for a carousel. The play is set in 1873 and later in 1888, in a village on the bleak coast of Maine. Every song the rugged townspeople sing (“June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “A Real Nice Clambake”) throbs with the joy of community.
Billy—arrogant, violent, inarticulate, bungling everything he aspires to—falls in love and marries a local girl, Julie Jordan. The couple fumbles to find their way in life on their own.
Ultimately, spurred on by a tragic event, they are able to find redemption and are able to say what they have so urgently needed to tell one another all along.
This production is led by stage director Mark Pearson and music director David Weiller. In addition to “Carousel,” Mr. Pearson directed “The White Horse Inn” and “Lady, Be Good!” earlier in the season and will direct “Les Misérables” later in the month.
The cast is full of new CLOC vocal company members, including Lindsay Cabaniss as Nettie Fowler, Michael McCann as Billy Bigelow and Maggie Robinson as Mrs. Mullin.
Returners to look for include Bruce Barger as Enoch Snow, Jane Duffy as Julie Jordan, Jens Jacobson as Jigger Craigin and Maggie Langhorne as Carrie Pipperidge.
“Carousel” will run Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with a Thursday matinee at 2 PM. Tickets are $35 and are available from the CLOC box office at 508-548-0668 or at 58 Highfield Drive in Falmouth. The box office is open Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, 2 to 5 PM, and 7 to 9 PM.