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‘Carousel’ is smash hit

The Transylvania theater and music programs staged one of their most successful musicals ever when they presented three performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterpiece, Carousel, to large and appreciative audiences in Haggin Auditorium in May.

The show featured a cast of 26 students and an orchestra of 17. Senior Sarah Billiter as Julie Jordan and sophomore Cameron Perry as Billy Bigelow played the romantic leads. Drama professor Tim Soulis produced and directed the show, music professor Ben Hawkins was music director and conductor, and junior Shayanna Little was choreographer.

Carousel opened on Broadway in April 1945, and ran for 890 performances. It was turned into a Hollywood film in 1956, and named best musical of the 20th century by Time magazine.

Speaking of his interpretation of Carousel, Soulis noted that the script of the gritty, honest play “...suggests that those who only conform to societal expectations are just as lost as those who seek total freedom. A carousel is fun, but also predictable, and you have to get off to experience real life.”

Carousel actors
Cameron Perry (second from right) as Billy Bigelow, with a chorus of sailors

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