Ashton-under-Lyne Operatic Society
An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe Ltd
In a Maine coastal village towards the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naïve 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 ‘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 have 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.
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Based on the novel by Ferenc Molner's Play "Lilliom"
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Choreographer Agnes de Milne