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Rodgers and Hammerstein



Carousel Cast



Director - CliveCarlin

I feel truly blessed by being given the opportunity to direct this show and I have enjoyed it immensely. I would love to repeat the experience but next time not with a society that I’m also Chairman of. No hint there then!! One downside of this experience is that when you are telling friends what to do etc. that list of friends gets shorter by the day. Also one big lesson I have learned is that, if I ever perform on stage again, when the Director says ‘be quiet’, he does mean me and I will ‘shut up’………………Honest!!


Choreographer - Gillian Bowler

Gillian has been dancing since the age of 3 and has appeared in many ballet shows, musicals and cabaret shows. Gillian has performed in most of the popular musicals ranging from The King and I, South pacific, Oklahoma and also Carousel as well as performing at the Little Theatre in plays, pantomime and Old Time Music Hall’s. This is Gillian’s first venture into Choreography and she is really looking forward to the challenge. Gillian hopes you enjoy our interpretation of the show.

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Photos courtesy of Chris Roe, with thanks.


Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960) were an influential, innovative and successful American musical theatre writing team, usually referred to as Rodgers and Hammerstein. They created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, initiating what is considered the “golden age” of musical theatre. With Rodgers composing the music and Hammerstein writing the lyrics, five of their Broadway shows, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music were outstanding successes, as was the television broadcast of Cinderella. Among the many accolades their shows (and film versions) garnered were thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and two Grammy Awards. Their musical theatre writing partnership has been called the greatest of the 20th century.

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The original production of Carousel was directed by Rouben Mamoulian and opened at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre on April 19, 1945, running for 890 performances and closing on May 24, 1947. The cast included John Raitt, Jan Clayton, Jean Darling, Christine Johnson and Bambi Linn. From this show came the hit musical numbers “The Carousel Waltz” (an instrumental), “If I Loved You”, “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over”, and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Carousel was also revolutionary for its time – adapted from Ferenc Molnár’s play Liliom, it was one of the first musicals to contain a tragic plot about an antihero; it also contained an extended ballet that was crucial to the plot, and several extended musical scenes containing both sung and spoken material, as well as dance. The 1956 film version of Carousel, made in CinemaScope 55, again starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, the same leads as the film version of Oklahoma! Carousel is also unique among the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals for not having an overture; both the stage and film versions began with the familiar Carousel Waltz. This music was included in John Mauceri’s Philips Records CD of the complete overtures of Rodgers and Hammerstein with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. It was also included in Rodgers’ rare 1954 album for Columbia Records with the composer conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

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