Prep Players revive Carousel to great reviews!

Prep Players revive Carousel to great reviews!
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Prep Players revive Carousel to great reviews!

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The Prep Players presented the classic American musical Carousel on May 12 and 13, featuring the music from Rogers and Hammerstein. In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries young millworker, 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 to heaven. 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.

Director Megan Hoover comments on the actors' talents: "They have done a remarkable job uncovering the humanity of these characters and handling the weight of the material, showing incredible maturity and a sense of responsibility. In many ways this show generates more questions about life and love than it does answers."

The cast includes Fairfield Prep students and young women from Lauralton Hall, Sacred Heart Academy of Hamden, and Fairfield Warde. The music director was Christine Evans, who led a professional orchestral pit with the wonderful music classics.

The Cast

CARRIE PIPPERIDGE…………………………………… Olivia DeFilippo
JULIE JORDAN………………………………………………Annamarie Fama
MRS. MULLIN…………………………………………………Katie Rooney
BILLY BIGELOW……………………………………………Jackson Mendes
POLICEMAN……………………………………………………Al Kelly
DAVID BASCOMBE…………………………………………Michael Kubisek
NETTIE FOWLER……………………………………………Jennifer Veith
GIRLS ……………………………………………………………Taylor McCuaig/Sydney Middleton/Audrey Burns/Ivy Tebbetts/Cristina Villalonga/Katie Rooney
ENOCH SNOW………………………………………………Brendan Sawyer
JIGGER CRAIGIN……………………………………………Ryan Ramos
GUYS…………………………………………………………………Chris Conaway/Michael Ornato/Freddy Rio/Francis Ohe/Junlin Mo/Matt Didelot/ Cole Simons/Jack Smith/Eciaus Booth/Royaunte Pittman/Teddy Whiteman/George Seyfried/Robbert VanBatenburg
SAILORS……………………………………………………………Chris Conaway/Michael Ornato/Freddy Rio/Francis Ohe/Junlin Mo
HEAVENLY FRIEND……………………………………………Niko Lignore
STARKEEPER/DR SELDON……………………………….Liam Traynor
LOUISE……………………………………………………………… Taylor McCuaig
SNOW GIRLS……………………………………………………Sydney Middleton/Audrey Burns
ENOCH JR…………………………………………………………Chris Coanway
CARNIVAL PERORMERS…………………… ………………Junlin Mo/Freddy Rio/Michael Ornato
CARNIVAL BOY……………………………………………………Francis Ohe
PRINCIPAL……………………………………………………………Matt Didelot

Production Team

Megan Hoover…………………………………………………………Director

Christine Evans………………………………………………………Musical Director

Darcie Mann……………………………………………………………Choreographer

Doug Durlacher………………………………………………………Scenic Designer/Technical Director 

RJ VanDeusen…………………………………………………………Lighting Designer

RJ VanDeusen…………………………………………………………Soundboard Operator

John Humes……………………………………………………………Lightboard Operator

Alexander McMullen…….…………………………………………Spotlight Operator

 

The Pit

Brian Gallegos………………………Violin*

Siwon Yoo………………………………Violin*

Christopher Stich……………………Violin*

Rajath Subramanian………………Violin*

Michael Dilley…………………………Violin*

Vincent Bartiromo……………………Cello*

Benjamin Martinez……………………Bass*

Billy Dougherty…………………………Clarinet*

Daniel Krischlunas……………………Flute*

Jackson Gilmore………………………Alto Saxophone*

Brody Biebel………………………………Alto Saxophone*

Christopher Geisert……………………Alto Saxophone*

Matthew Corcoran………………………Trumpet*

Thomas Rudden…………………………Trumpet*

Colin Terry…………………………………Trombone*

Peter Wheeler……………………………Percussionist*

Christine Evans…………………………Conductor/Piano

                    *Denotes a Student Instrumentalist

 

Poster and Record Design Jihad Rogers